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A Holistic Approach to Senior Wellness: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Being healthy is not a “one-size-fits-all” concept: it looks different for everyone. Enter holistic wellness, which acknowledges that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected with your overall well-being. This is important to keep in mind as we journey through our golden years, since our bodies change. However, these changes do not have to stop us from feeling our best--albeit in a new way. In this post, we’ll look at holistic wellness for older adults through mental, physical, and spiritual practices designed to support well-being and happiness.

Nurturing the Mind

The mind is like a muscle; it needs to be exercised. Keeping your brain agile and connected to the world around you looks different to everyone, but here are some of our favourite ways to stay mentally agile:

  • Try mental exercises that focus on memory, problem-solving, attention, and reasoning. Puzzles, brain teasers, and learning a new language are all great for this.
  • Be a student again. Consider enrolling in classes or attempting to master a new skill or hobby.
  • Make time for mindfulness and meditation practices, which focus the mind on the present moment to help instill a sense of calmness and clarity.

Caring for the Body

You’ve heard it before: your body is a temple. And it’s true! The body connects your mind and spirit together, so treat it with kindness. Here are three ways to do that:

  • Physical fitness: There is joy in movement. Regular exercise doesn’t have to be bogged down by a routine. Focus on a goal you’d like to achieve: be more flexible, keep up with your grandkids, carry all the groceries from the car in the house in one go! Whether it's a serene morning walk, a yoga session, or a lively dance class, find joy in the movement that resonates with you.
  • Diet and hydration: As we age, our dietary needs can change, but staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet still fuels your daily activities.
  • Sleep hygiene: There’s nothing better than a good night’s rest. Strive for good sleep every night by making your bedroom a perfect sleep retreat. Plus, you’ll want a good rest after all those lively dance classes!

Nourishing the Spirit

Our spirits are what makes us light up a room. The way you choose to boost yours is a personal choice, but also one that influences your personal growth, emotional fulfillment, and overall happiness.

  • Spiritual practices often encourage self-reflection, allowing you to explore your inner self. Here, you’ll find meaning through your values, beliefs, and purpose in life.
  • Meaningful relationships are connections built on trust, empathy, shared experiences, and genuine care for one another. They ensure the sense of belonging we all yearn for.
  • Participate in activities that bring a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and meaning to your life. Pursuing hobbies, volunteering, creating art, or contributing to a cause are just some ways to do so.

At JFS Vancouver, we seek to support older adults on their journey to greater wellness. For more insights into our programs and how they can enhance your holistic wellness, reach out to us!


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