Most often when people think about health care, they think medical care. When they hear health, they think physical health.
We are redefining what healthy looks like with our communities.
“Health and wellness is so much more than how a person is doing physically,” BakerRipley’s VP of Wellness Jane Bavineau said. “Wellness is also about someone’s emotional well-being, their mental health, their cognitive status, and their sense of purpose and belonging.”
Below is a list of key wellness programs that we have created with the help of our neighbors based off their needs and aspirations.
Brain healthy: Programs for Older Adults
BakerRipley Dementia Day Center Engages Seniors
The Dementia Day Center focus on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and the Senior Centers work with seniors all over Houston.
Seniors can learn how to use a computer, learn a new language, perform a play, prepare new foods, paint and draw, and much more.
Physical Wellness: Urban Garden, Fitness and Health Promotion Programs
Based off the feedback from our neighbors, we’ve incorporated multiple programs that tackle physical wellness in our centers.
Programs and initiatives include: the Urban Garden, walking classes for seniors and students, evidence-based courses focused on nutrition and chronic diseases management, and much more.
Emotional & Social Wellness: Belonging and Confidence Building
BakerRipley’s purpose is to help identify and build upon strengths in people.
What does this look like from an emotional and social wellness standpoint?
Intergenerational programs that promote confidence, pride and connection for seniors and youth; caregiver support programs that help families juggle elder care responsibilities with raising their children; and the many volunteer opportunities throughout the agency that give neighbors an opportunity to “give back”.
Learning from each other: Intergenerational Poetry Program
“The wisdom of the old is how they have not only survived, but helped others thrive. It’s a proven wisdom,” Second Acts program consultant Dr. Virgil Wood said. “The young people have wisdom potentiality. It’s dormant, but it’s there and it won’t blossom until these intergenerational conversations take place.”