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The Importance of Whole-Person Wellness NATALIE WILCOX MCCANN Director of Resident Services Judson Park Retirement Community


hen area senior Iris Hecks moved into the retirement community where her mother had lived, she knew she would enjoy many aspects of her apartment and assumed she would make more friends. She had no idea she would improve her health and impress her doctors through the improvements in her bone density and strength. Iris is now a poster child for the active, healthy lifestyle promoted in many senior living communities. She now serves as a vital volunteer within the community, connecting with other residents needing more care. She has taken part in Cognitive Health classes to benefit memory and brain plasticity, eventually graduating to become a tutor to other seniors in the community. She rarely misses a day of exercise class, and during recent health challenges, Iris has bounced back quickly. In addition to participating in her church services and activities, Iris find spiritual replenishment through weekly nature hikes. Iris is a wonderful example of Successful Aging and an exemplary model of whole person wellness. Whole Person (or Holistic) Wellness can be defined in many ways. Most definitions reflect that of one’s physical being, one’s emotional status and one’s spiritual strength interplay to create overall wellbeing. A simplistic way of understand-

ing holistic health may be to recognize that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Focusing only on one muscle group or characteristic of your health may unfortunately have a negative impact on other critical aspects of wellbeing. Most experts agree that the following five areas are crucial elements of whole-person health: Social/Emotional Wellbeing (being connected, having a support system, managing stress, manifesting optimism) Physical Health (including cardiovascular wellness, flexibility/balance and strength rather than just the absence of disease) Intellectual Health (the ability to use thoughts and logic to solve problems) Spiritual Wellbeing (connectedness with a higher power, the eternal part of one’s self that provides solace in times of challenge) Occupational/Vocational Health (having a sense of purpose or being needed by someone else either for paid or unpaid work) For many older adults, having a longer life is not necessarily the goal. They may have outlived a spouse or friends and may have seen more changes than they thought possible in the world around. Instead, experiencing a quality life, one filled with laughter, meaningful use of time, friendship and respect, is of greater significance. Often we suppose that we have no control of our health

issues, believing that we age as our parents did and that genetics predispose us to the same disease processes. However, the book “Successful Aging,� by Drs. Rowe and Kahn, debunks this myth. Based on a ten-year MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging, “Successful Aging� shares the research which reflects a different reality: while there are some disease processes that are unavoidable, only 30% of the way we age is driven by genetics; 70% is based on our lifestyle choices! What does this mean for those of us looking our older years in the eye? How can we take stock of how we spend our time and make the best decisions possible? Some local seniors, like Iris, have taken advantage of one of the benefits of living at Judson Park Retirement Community in Des Moines, WA, where a partnership exists with another not-for-profit organization, Masterpiece Living. Masterpiece Living was created through the efforts of Dr. Kahn, the co-author of “Successful Aging� who believed that we should not just study the impact of lifestyle choices on aging, but also put what we learn into practice! Masterpiece Living offers tools to promote healthy lifestyle choices which include assessments: the Lifestyle and Mobility Review and Mobility Booster as well as health initiatives including Walk to Wellness, My Stress Solution, Vertical (a Fall Reduction program), Neurobics and more! When asked how the positive lifestyle changes she has made to benefit her whole-person have impacted her life, Iris replied, “Taking part in the programs that Judson Park has to offer has given me a greater sense of self-worth and usefulness. I feel more confident and better about myself.� Iris also stated that knowing she is surrounded by likeminded others and a support structure of a continuing care community like Judson Park has given her peace of mind and a sense of serenity. Now that’s a wonderful example of wholeperson wellness! XXX+VETPO1BSLDPNt

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A power of attorney document is an extremely important part of estate planning yet one of the most misunderstood. Everyone has been told that it is important to have a will, but for many older people, the most important documents are powers of attorney. They are, quite frankly, the neglected stepchildren of estate planning, yet in my practice; they serve to be more important that wills. Many people confuse the power of attorney (POA) with a will, but these documents are two very different things and have two very different functions. A will goes into effect on the day you die. A POA applies during your lifetime and ceases to apply when you die. So you actually need both a POA and a will as they complement, and do not overlap, each other. To add a twist to the subject, there are two types of POA: one for finances and legal matters, and one for health care. These two types are completely separate. They deal with different areas of your life and both are required for effective estate planning.

can do. As such, it must be carefully drafted according to your desire. Most POA’s allow a wide-range of things, including: paying bills, selling your home, managing investment accounts and IRA’s, dealing with the IRS (including signing tax returns) Although a POA for property may be used to help you when you can no longer help yourself, it usually goes into effect the day it is signed. It’s therefore essential that you have great confidence in your designated attorney. They must be someone you can trust, without reservation, to use your property for you and not for themselves, or anyone else. You can specify in the POA document that you must be mentally incapacitated for the POA to take effect, but this provision is not recommended. That’s because it’s difficult to define and prove “incapacitated� and could mean that your case goes to court in an attempt to determine whether you can make decisions for yourself or not. Such a lengthy, complicated and expensive legal process defeats the whole purpose of the POA which, as pointed out earlier, is to give your designated attorney fast and easy access to your finances, when necessary. In all cases, you want to choose someone who is good at managing money to be your POA. Your partner may not be the best choice if you know they have difficulty with money. However, if your partner is trustworthy with money, they may be the perfect choice. If you don’t have a valid financial POA in place and you become incapable, the person who wants to manage your property would need to apply to the courts for the right to do so through a process called a guardianship. Many people call the guardianship a “living probate�, and it should be avoided at all cost. The process is time consuming and expensive, especially

“Everyone needs to designate a power of attorney, no matter what his or her financial or relationship status.�

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when compared to the costs of putting a POA for property in place. Furthermore, the person who applies for the right to manage your property may not be the person you would have selected. With a POA in place, you can guarantee that a person of your choosing is in charge of your property. Power of Attorney for Health Care A POA for personal care gives your designated attorney the power to make decisions on your behalf in relation to medical issues, hospitalization and long-term care when you are no longer capable of making such decisions yourself. In the case of a POA for personal care, it is a doctor who determines whether you are able to make such decisions. If you have specific wishes for a particular treatment or plan of care, you can write them directly into your POA document. If your wishes are included in the POA document, or if you have expressed your wishes verbally, your attorney is required by law to make decisions based on those wishes. In the absence of any specific wishes, your attorney is left to make decisions based on what they consider to be your best interests. Once again, you will want to designate someone you trust implicitly to serve as your attorney. They will be making very important decisions for you regarding your health and longterm care. Everyone needs to designate a power of attorney, no matter what his or her financial or relationship status. POA ensures that a person of your choosing is the one who retains the undisputed right to make key decisions about your life. Make sure you have created both a both POA’s, in addition to a will. Drafting a power of attorney is inexpensive, especially when compared to the expense potentially created by not having one in place when the need arises. Cost should not be a reason for you to postpone the process of creating your POA. XXXIJQMBXÍSNDPNt

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Shopping around for auto insurance may help you secure a better rate, but if you’re facing very high premiums, it may make sense to take an extra step. Many insurers offer discounts to drivers who complete driver safety courses. Check with your insurance company to see if such a discount is available to you, then look for a program, like AARP Driver Safety’s course, that is specifically designed to help people 50 and older refresh their driving skills and adapt to age-related changes. There are no tests to take for the course. To find an in-person course near you, visit www.aarp.org/ findacourse, or sign up for an online course. Fuel efficiency After insurance, fuel can be one of the highest costs of operating a vehicle, especially for those who travel far, such as older drivers commuting from winter to summer residences. Car makers have improved overall fuel efficiency for many newer vehicles, but you can take steps to cut your gas costs more - even if you have an older car. AARP offers these tips for improving fuel efficiency: * Lighten the load. The heavier your vehicle and contents, the more gas it will consume moving down the road. Remove excess weight from the trunk and avoid traveling with luggage or bike racks that create drag, add weight and decrease fuel economy. * Watch your speed. While it’s important to safely keep pace with the flow of traffic around you, keep in mind most cars are at the optimum fuel efficiency around 50 mph.

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Community Amenities Include: Specious 1 & 2 bedroom floor plans Beautiful Mount Rainier Views All utilities paid | FREE Internet Discounted cable and phone service Small pets welcome Rents start at $825.00

Seating is limited, so reserve your place today. Refreshment and light snacks will be served.

Call for details. 253/398-2700

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6:00 - 7:00 PM


Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E Smith St, Kent, WA


to (253) 850-1241 by Friday, November 9, 2012


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26902 169th Place SE Covington, WA 98042 253/398-2700


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At Judson Park it’s simple. For every life we touch, we endeavor to do the greatest good. Simply extraordinary! Full Continuum of Services with breathtaking views

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The Residences – Come for the View – Stay for the Lifestyle “My Choice” Dining – Restaurants and Bistro Venues where you can choose to dine, where, when and how you want to dine. My Life – Honoring your right to experience life to the fullest through selfdetermination.We are a holistic culture of growth and possibilities where everyone is supported to achieve their greatest potential.

We offer our rehabilitative and nursing services to the greater community as a demonstration of our mission.

The Lodge – Cozy, Friendly Neighborhood where the social program supports your fullest life with help when you want or need it. The Grove – Best Friends Approach to Relationship Based Dementia Care – the 100 most important things about you.

••••••••••••••• 23600 Marine View Drive South | Des Moines, WA 98198 Judson Park in Des Moines, Washington, is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving seniors through quality retirement housing since 1949. License #BH-681, DHS #797



In-Home Services – Age where you want, how you want, a full array of social and clinical services delivered to your home.



valleymed.org/doc Valley Medical Center proudly offers a network of primary care clinics which serve as a medical home for care management. Urgent care clinics provide a safety net of after-hours care and walk-in consult and treatment, and specialty clinics provide convenient and comprehensive access throughout the district.

Primary Care: Partners for Health & Wellness VMC’s primary care providers get to know you and your medical history, serving as your personal health advocate, and working with you to monitor and improve your health through all life’s stages. ■ ■ ■ ■

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Urgent Care: Immediate Medical Services It hurts. It itches. It’s swollen. It’s after hours. Urgent Care is a great choice when you can’t wait for an appointment with your primary care provider, or when you need medical care after hours for nonlife-threatening conditions. Enjoy walk-in appointments for acute illness, minor injuries and other services: ■ ■ ■

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Extensive Network of Specialists VMC offers a comprehensive network and board-certified specialists to meet all of your family’s healthcare needs. For a comprehensive list and FREE physician referral, please visit us at valleymed.org/doc or give us a call at 425.277.DOCS.




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Senior Resource Guide - Fall 2012  


Senior Resource Guide - Fall 2012