Whole Brain Fitness
No matter where we are in life, we always want to have the chance to learn, grow and contribute. Achieving those goals starts and ends with brain health. When we started Belmont Village almost 20 years ago, we didn’t conceive of ever having 30 residents aged 100+ under our roofs at the same time. But that’s what’s happened, more than once. We’re all living longer, so how we live at every stage matters more.
Over the years, we’ve developed a Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle for our residents to encourage successful aging. It means nurturing and engaging mind, body and spirit each day, in specific ways. We focus on seven essential elements that include the right nutrition and physical exercise, mental workouts and lifelong learning, reduced stress, a strong social network and a sense of purpose.
Each element of the lifestyle is important and supports the others, but what makes it unique is our emphasis on mental fitness in all of our programs for every phase.
- Self-directed, research-based program for more active residents
- Residents choose from designated, brain-healthy foods on our menu
- Brain and body boosting activities noted on daily calendars so residents can make smart choices
- Residents can set and track personal goals
- Structured, seven-day-a-week program for Mild Cognitive Impairment and early-stage memory loss
- Activities and exercises done in small, ability-centered groups
- Led by a dedicated, specially trained team
- Creates the Just Right Challenge for each resident to actively engage the mind and build confidence
- Research and evidence-based
- Personalized based on individual strengths
- Small, ability-centered groups
- Seeks the Just Right Challenge for each resident
- Guided by a dedicated, specially-trained team
Bob Costen, M.D.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
“I do not consider myself an artist because I do not create anything new. I used to repurpose broken illustrated books by making block puzzles and placing them within a handmade box.”