Health & Wellness Article - August 2011
by Marge Coalman, EdD, Touchmark Vice President, Wellness & Programs
“Creativity is our greatest legacy” —Gene Cohen, MD, PhD
Is there a limit to the amount of creativity anyone has in their DNA? Opportunity, environment, support, and feedback are certainly vital in nurturing the creative aspect of anyone, and the potential seems limitless across the lifespan for expressing oneself. Individually and collectively, the creativity of people who reside in Touchmark communities results in the Touchmark Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program™, in place at all Touchmark communities.
This award-winning program supports all areas of whole-person wellness through specific programming areas based on resident’s interests, talents, skills, and creativity. The wellness dimensions that comprise each person—physical, social, emotional, vocational, intellectual, and spiritual—interact with the environmental dimension through activities and offerings provided at each community.
The opportunities are not limited to the categories defined in the program description. They are enhanced by Touchmark team members and the dynamic and creative residents who contribute and participate in the day-to-day activities and events. The role of Touchmark team members is to support and facilitate a variety of offerings and encourage involvement from each resident. Residents engage in the programs of their choice and are provided opportunities to explore new interests and experiences.
This collective pool of creativity creates a unique fabric and culture in each community. Quilters, authors, gardeners, artists, athletes, book lovers, singers, and more creative groups than can be listed in this column meet together and encourage and support each other in pursuing interests both old and new.
To participate in planning and activities that support creativity and programming, contact a member of the Full Life™ team. Ideas, talents, skills—and creativity—are welcome!