Vitality defined is
- Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor
- The capacity for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence
- The power to live or grow
When our Wellness team at Montereau, a Life Plan community, formerly Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Tulsa, OK, set out to brand our wellness program, we felt this word – Vitality – summed it up perfectly! With every event we plan, every activity we coordinate, every fitness class we teach, and every trip we embark upon, we strive to create a meaningful and purposeful existence for each of our residents. We strive to ignite within them the power to live and grow, to build that exuberant physical strength and mental vigor.
In January 2016, we unveiled our newly branded wellness program, Vitality, and we kicked off the program with a fun-filled week of events! The new Vitality program enhances lives by providing life enrichment opportunities to support individual needs, interests, and total well-being. Vitality Week showcased some of the best features of our Wellness Program – from fitness classes to education presentations and even a special cooking demo with our CEO!
Vitality Week began with a lunch introducing residents to the new program. We enjoyed a delicious and healthy meal while discovering how the Vitality program can enhance life at Montereau. Residents who are already seeing the impact of Montereau’s wellness programs spoke about their experiences.
We featured some of our most popular fitness classes during our Fitness Class Mash-Up. Residents were able to sample Stretch & Tone, Balance & Tai Chi, Core, OsteoBall and Chair Yoga classes, as well as hear the benefits of our Aquatics classes. This presented a great opportunity for residents to try new class formats and to find new favorites.
Vitality Fitness Testing garnered an outstanding response – we tested 74 people over two days, and still have another 30 to test who were unable to make it during Vitality Week. Fitness instructors led residents through the traditional Senior Fit Test assessments and a grip test, also. These tests are designed to provide residents with a general snapshot of their health, strength and flexibility. After analyzing test results, Wellness Instructors will sit down with each resident to review their scores and to provide recommendations for improvement. We plan to retest in six months to review how participants progress.
Another hugely popular event was Delicious Dishes with David. David Murlette, Montereau’s President and CEO, put on his apron to demonstrate how to prepare a healthy plate. This event was so sought-after that an encore event is planned in February for the residents who were not able to attend.
Our Vitality program is not just aimed at physical health. We aim to enrich residents’ total well-being, including the social, intellectual and emotional aspects of wellness.
Residents explored an important aspect of vitality at our Mental Wellness Presentation & Screenings. Dr. Ros Burrows, a neuropsychologist who holds office hours at Montereau, spoke about mental health and depression before administering free screenings to interested residents. The screenings were followed by a consultation with Dr. Burrows.
Residents took a Virtual Tour of Tulsa Art Deco during one of our events aimed at intellectual vitality. Presenters discussed the history of Art Deco architecture, with pictorial examples of the different styles found in Tulsa.
With our new Vitality program, we also unveiled our new Montereau Makes a Difference volunteer program. Our residents have always been very active volunteers at Montereau and in the Tulsa community, including partnerships with Reading Partners, The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Grissom Elementary. Our new program includes expanded volunteer opportunities, a new volunteer hour tracking system and volunteer recognition program.
Some of our current volunteer opportunities, as well as games and special interest groups were represented at our Vitality Fair. Resident representatives were on hand to answer questions for those interested in trying a new hobby. Several residents learned more about our on-campus activities including bridge and other game groups, our monthly potluck dinners and a new travel club.
Of course, Vitality Week would not be complete without a fun dinner with entertainment! Our Shanghai Moon dinner included a delicious Chinese buffet followed by a performance by the China Rose Dancers. It was the perfect wrap up to an exciting and enlightening week!
For more information about our new Vitality program and the exciting activities we have planned, check out our brand new Voice of Vitality newsletter.
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