As a leading senior lifestyle and care provider for over two decades, American Senior Communities is committed to offering a variety of options including maintenance-free housing options while offering each resident the chance to personalize their lifestyle to be as active and involved as they desire. You’ll find this philosophy at the center of everything we do, and it’s embodied in a directed program we call “THRIVE.”
Thrive is our wholehearted commitment to whole-person engagement and enriched living.
At all levels and locations of our organization, it is pervasive in our principles, policies and practices. Informed by science and research, our lifestyle curriculum is thoughtfully crafted to provide a balanced, refreshing and rewarding variety of activities, events and support that simultaneously address multiple dimensions of wellness:
Thought: Activities that preserve and promote memory and cognitive function, as well as opportunities for intellectual stimulation and learning.
Health: Care for the body through exercise, nutrition, therapy and wellness education.
Recreation: Opportunities for joy, discovery, laughter, camaraderie and entertainment.
Interaction: Social pursuits that foster stronger connections to others and active pursuits that yield a sense of achievement through hands-on opportunities to “make” or “do”.
Vocation: Fulfilling needs for a sense of purpose, productivity, achievement, contribution and service formerly met through work, including philanthropic and volunteer opportunities.
Expression: Nurturing spiritual and emotional well-being through activities that express values, beliefs and faith, including creative or artistic self-expression.
The Science of Living Well
We continually strive to stay informed of the latest research coming from top scientific journals and the medical community. By approaching our lifestyle offerings from a scientific perspective, we can tailor our activities to benefit our residents in multiple ways simultaneously. As an example, a trivia challenge can not only foster interpersonal relationships through friendly competition and social interaction, it can also serve to sharpen cognitive skills. Similarly, regular exercise serves the dual purpose of improving joint and muscular stability while also triggering the natural chemical responses that create a sense of wellbeing. In this way, we ensure every program we offer benefits our residents in a multitude of ways.
Enriching Events and Activities
While physical development is certainly an important part of senior living, social, intellectual and sensory stimulation are just as crucial to the well-being of our residents. That’s why we offer educational programs and assistance ranging from activities that sharpen memory and cognitive skills to classes that teach new skills. Support for creative pursuits like art classes is one aspect of this; in the past we’ve also offered Skype classes to help residents keep in touch with friends and family, Wii tournaments, Yoga classes, and even lectures on pet care, home décor and brain “aerobics.”
Self-improvement is an excellent way to derive a sense of purpose from life, but we think it’s also important to provide ample opportunities for our residents to help out their communities through volunteer activities at various charities. We coordinate a minimum of two such events every month and encourage our residents and their families to take action and do good things for their local communities.
In addition to the range of enriching activities we offer, we also encourage our residents to involve their family members, who are always welcome to visit, participate in events and enjoy our culinary experiences in our restaurant-style dining room.
Fitness and Nutrition
A healthy body is the foundation of a great life; that’s why all of our communities provide fitness and wellness programming, plus nutritious meals that address the specific dietary needs of seniors. We work with a team of physicians, nutritionists, dietitians and physical therapists to ensure each resident has a customized wellness program to keep their body strong. Residents also have access to fitness equipment any time and regular wellness screenings ensure health issues are identified early, improving the chances of successful treatment. New Energy Wellness is offered at select locations.
At American Senior Communities, we create experiences that help our residents THRIVE. For more information about ASC’s Independent living or to find a location near you visit, ASCCare.com/IL. For assisted living, visit ASCCare.com/AL.