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Posted on: November 30, 2012
What does spirituality mean to you? "It's not always about
Shabbat or an organized religious service," said JoAnne Carlin,
Vice President of Resident Care at Vi. "For example, some people
follow faith-based activities, some do personal
meditation/reflection, others do mindful exercise like yoga or tai
chi and many find spirituality in simply taking a daily nature
According to Carlin, the spiritual dimension of
whole person wellness seeks meaning and purpose in human existence.
It involves developing a strong sense of personal values and
ethics, and it emphasizes the development of an appreciation for
the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the
Recently, Vi at Silverstone hosted two special workshops on the
basics of mediation taught by a Buddhist Monk. "The goal of the
program was to teach the basic principles of meditation from a
wellness perspective," said Theresa Healy, RN, Vi at Silverstone's
Wellness Center Manager. "The workshops focused on decreasing
stress, normalizing blood pressure, effective breathing and
learning that being happy is a lifestyle that promotes overall
Healy also noted that meditation, or mindfulness, has been a key
component of her own personal journey.
"As a nurse, I have integrated it into my care of Vi residents,"
Healy said. "Our meditation group is quite active, and, by resident
request, we now have it twice a week."
According to Vi at Silverstone's Lifestyle Director Jacqui
McCormley, the community offers a number of other avenues to help
residents explore and tap into their own spirituality.
"Art and creative classes can be considered spiritual," said
McCormley. "Often, when we explore our creative side, we discover a
whole new connection with 'self.' This is why we offer creative
programs, like various art workshops and lectures."
At Vi at La Jolla Village, residents have been doing tai chi, a
form of movement and meditation, for several years. Residents have
learned, through the memorization of the movements, to meditate
"Our tai chi instructor is a Grand Master with years of
experience and training," said Mellany Hanson, Vi at La Jolla
Village's Lifestyle Director. "He focuses on balance of mind, body
and spirit through breathing and movement exercises."
Vi has also created environments that support the exploration of
spirituality. For example, some Vi communities have been
intentionally designed with walking paths to enjoy nature, while
others feature artwork and sculptures in common spaces and quiet
areas with seating for personal reflection. As one navigates
through the aging journey, different stages of life can bring new
meaning to spirituality.
At Vi there are no set boundaries about how residents express
their spirituality. Rather, the lifestyle programs are designed to
allow residents to explore their individual spiritual wellness-from
the inside out.
Learn more about whole person wellness at
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Partnership, d/b/a Vi at Lakeside Village, are the sole
entities responsible for the performance of the continuing care
contracts at Vi at Lakeside Village.