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The Journal on Active Aging Features Atria


Posted on October 15, 2013 by Katy Miller


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We were so honored that the Journal on Active Aging selected us for a feature in the September/October 2013 issue. The article, “Building a Team for Wellness,” addresses our approach to programming, which shifted from a typical activities program to one that inspires residents to maintain, or even increase, their independence. To assist the residents in understanding this shift, the program was repackaged, as “Engage Life” and the Activities Directors became “Engage Life Directors.” Stacey Belt, National Engage Life Program Director, describes the program’s new approach:

 “About five years ago, largely through its involvement with ICAA, Atria made a stronger commitment to the concept of active aging. The company developed its eight dimensions of engagement, which are similar in spirit to ICAA’s seven dimensions of wellness. Engage Life encompasses: lifelong learning, health and fitness, entertainment and fun, connection, civic engagement, creative expression, personal achievement, inspiration and spirituality. At that point, the type of professionals we were looking for also changed… Programming in Atria Senior Living communities engages residents, so they are ‘truly learning, growing and trying new things,’

 

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