Wellness is generally defined as “the active process of becoming aware and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life”. Senior wellness doesn’t necessarily mean being free from illnesses or diseases, although being physically healthy is vital to a good quality of life. However, you should also be well in all the dimensions of wellness: mentally, socially, spiritually and emotionally.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness in all aspects of one’s life is crucial as we age. Today’s seniors are living longer, healthier lives because they have been armed with the knowledge of what living healthy truly means. Wellness for seniors now involves a more mainstream approach to living longer and healthier lives.
It’s for this reason that life plan communities now commonly offer a variety of senior wellness programs. The goal is to ensure that residents are living an active, healthy lifestyle through engaging activities, no matter what their current state of health may be. These senior wellness programs may involve physical activities like yoga and Tai Chi or regularly scheduled events to keep seniors socially active and their minds occupied.
Concordia was the ancient Roman goddess of harmony and peace, and the word is Latin for “harmony” or “of one heart”. At Concordia Senior Living, residents live with heart and play with heart through healthy aging focused on all the dimensions of wellness for seniors. We believe in successful aging for the body, mind and soul.
Studies have shown that exercise is safe and necessary for seniors, and can help increase strength and mobility while decreasing the risk of falls, which are the leading cause of injury among seniors. Successful aging for the body includes a variety of wellness programs for seniors through access to our fitness center and guidance through proper health education. Residents can enjoy classes like Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, and even Lawn Games. Click here for more information on successful aging for the body at Concordia.
The senior wellness programs offered at Concordia don’t end with physical activities, though! To keep the mind active, we offer educational classes like the Study of American History, as well as Book Club and Book Review. To learn more about how you can keep your mind active at Concordia, click here.
Our souls need to stay refreshed as we age, too. At Concordia, our mission is to uphold Christian values while meeting the needs of residents of all faiths. We offer a Morning Devotional with staff and residents to ensure you’re starting your day off right. We also have caregiver support meetings so caregivers can connect with others who truly understand the journey. To lean more about our spiritual senior wellness offerings, click here.
Concordia Life Care Community offers cultural, social, recreational and other educational activities to help keep our residents actively engaged in life. Our new Lifestyles Coordinator is developing innovative opportunities to engage residents and the community at large. We also have a fully stocked library with internet access, a creative arts studio, and a cards and game room to ensure that we truly have something for everyone.
For more information on our assortment of senior wellness programs, click below:
Also meet our Wellness staff!
Concordia is pleased to announce our new relationship with Mercy Hospital and the new arrival of our on-site Mercy Clinic, staffed by Mercy Hospital and offering the same high quality service as any Mercy Clinic in the area.
Gayla was born and raised in rural western Oklahoma near Reydon. Coming from a farming and ranching background, she originally obtained a B.S. in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. She soon realized after much encouragement from her grandmother that nursing was her calling. She obtained her B.S. in Nursing from Langston University in 1994 and her Masters of Science degree in Adult – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in May 2015. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Gayla has experience in medical-surgical, gastroenterology, pulmonary, cardiac, home health care and case management. Gayla’s love of geriatrics began early in life with the strong influence of both her maternal and paternal grandparents. Gayla believes that communication, relationship building and most of all respect is the key to a therapeutic relationship with each patient. In her free time she enjoys spending time at the lake boating, fishing, kayaking and riding ATVs. Gayla also has a love for all of God’s creatures with dogs, cats and horses being her favorites.
Dr. James Dixson is an internal medicine physician and serves as President of Primary Care of the Mercy Clinics in Oklahoma. Dr. Dixson’s clinical experience includes general internal medicine in the ambulatory setting and as well as attending physician and medical director in long term care facilities for many years. Dr. Dixson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician, Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives, and member of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Dr. Dixson has been married for 45 years. He and Pat live in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have two children and three grandchildren all of whom live in Dallas. When not working Dr. Dixson likes to travel, play golf, and enjoys opera and classical music. He is a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church. He serves on the Boards of Mercy Kingfisher Hospital, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the Good Samaritan Free Clinic and is a former member of the Board of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.