Connect 60+ Mind, Body & Soul
Connect 60+ Mind, Body & Soul was a 10-week, evidence-based Wellness Program developed by Connect Victoria Park in partnership with Curtin University and Independent Living Assessment (ILA).
Over 10 weeks from July 24 to September 25, 2020, Connect 60+ explored seven domains of wellness as recommended by the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA): physical, social, intellectual, emotional, environmental, vocational, spiritual.
Weekly sessions took place at Connect Village Hub and online via Zoom. Each session explored one of the seven wellness domains, always starting with 45 minutes of strength exercise.
Curtin University researchers interviewed and took measures from participants at the start and at the end of the program, collecting data for a study on the effects of Connect 60+ on participants' physical and functional ability, as well as social connectedness.
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
It’s not uncommon for the media to equate wellness to physical activity. If we are interested in whole-person wellness outcomes, however, there is more to it.
The ICAA names seven domains of our lives that contribute to wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental and vocational.
The dimensions reflect different areas of a person’s life, and balance is hard to achieve at any stage in life, without some investment of time, attention and resources.
Especially as we enter our later years, wellness is particularly important at the individual level, but also for society as a whole.
Over the past century, we have added 30 years or so to life expectancy in developed countries. This single fact – longer life – is the root cause of a wave of change that impacts economies, businesses, governments, communities, families and individuals.
While more people living longer means increased demand for health services, and therefore more costs to society, it also means opportunity to explore the potential embedded in the added life expectancy. That’s if people stay healthy and well, keep participating and contributing to community, fully engaged with life.
Chronic diseases and disabilities that were once thought as inseparable from old age continue to join the ranks of those that can be prevented, or at least controlled, often through changes in lifestyle – diabetes type 2 is a classic example.
In this program, we have separated wellness into 7 dimensions to offer you avenues to start or continue exploring aspects of life that may enhance your wellbeing. On a day-to-day basis, however, the dimensions overlap and coordinate, and wellness becomes a valuable framework for a person engaged in life.