Vi CCRC Residents Describe Their First-Hand Experiences in Managing Emotional Wellness

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At Vi, residents are offered services and care with an approach grounded in whole-person wellness, which includes an emotional dimension. A recent article in Vi Living highlights examples of how living at Vi, a national leader in senior living, helps its residents manage the emotional dimension of wellness.

JoAnne Carlin, Vice President of Resident Care at Vi

At Vi, we strive to provide resources and opportunities to help support the individual's needs in the area of emotional wellness.

An article in the the September issue of "Vi Living" highlights examples of how living at Vi, a national leader in senior living, helps its residents manage the emotional dimension of wellness. "Vi Living" is the publication for residents of Vi continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

At Vi, residents are offered services and care with an approach grounded in whole-person wellness. Whole-person wellness is a concept developed through long-range studies that examine successful aging. There are multiple dimensions to whole-person wellness, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and vocational.

According to the article, “Making Every Day Count,” the emotional dimension of wellness emphasizes an awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. This dimension involves the capacity to: manage feelings and behaviors, accept one’s self unconditionally, assess limitations, develop autonomy and cope with stress.

The article tells of the experiences of two resident who live at Vi: one at Vi at The Glen community in suburban Chicago, and the other at Vi at Palo Alto in California.

The resident who lives at Vi at Palo Alto is a licensed clinical social worker by profession and has led the transition group that supports residents who are dealing with issues and adaptations as they age. This Palo Alto resident says in the article that she has remained emotionally healthy because “I have continued my life’s work and stayed involved.”

In the case of the resident at Vi at The Glen, his friends had noticed that the resident was becoming more withdrawn after the recent loss of his wife of 51 years. Recognizing that he needed to reconnect, a friend invited the resident to a “Dinner with Friends” club where acquaintances were happy to welcome him and his presence made him feel good about being with them at Vi.

Vi’s Vice President of Resident Care, JoAnne Carlin, comments in the article: “Building one’s emotional health and strength can be achieved through actions and thoughts ranging from spending time with friends in fun activities to reducing the amount of stress in one’s life. At Vi, we strive to provide resources and opportunities to help support the individual’s needs in the area of emotional wellness.”

CCRCs offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care (for example, assisted living, memory support care and skilled nursing care).    

Late last year, Vi commissioned a report by Ken Dychtwald Ph.D., renowned gerontologist, psychologist, best-selling author, and CEO of Age Wave that challenges the “prevailing myths and misperceptions” about CCRC living. The report, “The Five Myths and Realities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities,” is available in its entirety at http://www.ViLiving.com.

About Vi
Vi (pronounced vee), formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities. The company was founded in August 1987. The company is dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults by providing quality environments, services and care. Vi currently operates ten continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide. For more information about Vi communities, visit http://www.ViLiving.com.

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