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A Sense of Wellbeing Leads to a Longer Life: How CCRCs Can Help

November 5, 2019

Original Article provided by By Brad Breeding at website:

Lots of studies have supported that the key to well being and a longer,happier life, is having created a sense of contentment and maintaining a positive attitude. Who could have imagined all the benefits of a “cheery” disposition:

  • enhance your work performance
  • improve interpersonal relationships
  • boost your immune system
  • help you sleep better
  • improve your overall health

…all of which can help you live longer.

What affects your sense of well being

Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, established a field of behavioral health called positive psychology, which studies the factors that enable individuals and communities to flourish. As a part of this work, Seligman developed what he calls the PERMA theory of well being. PERMA states that there are five building blocks that enable people to achieve a sense of well being:

  • Positive emotion
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishment

… (thus, PERMA).

CCRCs facilities fully understand nurturing these PERMA factors create a better quality of life , thus a longer life.

So what’s a Senior to Do

Studies continue to prove retirement community residents are more likely than non-residents to be involved in multiple activities in these categories:

  • socializing(attending events)
  • educational(attending events)
  • creative(crafts)
  • recreational(games and outings)
  • group dining(addressing lonliness)
  • exercising ( Active and fit)

The peace of mind and the overall feeling of security from the support community provides a chance for loved ones to be together longer.

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