Every spring, Bishop Gadsden Residents participate in Wellness Week to promote a healthy active, lifestyle. This July, the Myers Hall residents participated in their very own wellness week called Rhythm of Life. Created by Bishop Gadsden’s Wellness Assistant, Shannon, this week is geared toward those in assisted living to create a more accessible wellness week and enjoy new activities to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. The activities provided a wide variety of fun for residents, including music, food, and games all week long.
The week began with a drum circle on Monday, presented by heal with Hearts, a non-profit serving the Charleston community. Incorporating playing music is a great benefit for boosting executive brain function, strengthening speech processing and improving memory, and the residents thoroughly enjoyed playing music with each other. Both Tuesday and Thursday brought about a new activity for Myers Hall residents, indoor-seated volleyball. This activity engages core muscles and helps with the improvement of range of motion and coordination. The same rules applied as regular volleyball, but it was so fun, no one realized they were being active. That is the best kind of workout!
Wednesday was a special “stay-cation” for the residents. Gathered in the Regan Pavilion, residents were served lunch where the BG Garden Committee helped everyone cut fresh flowers and create arrangements to take home. To continue the special “stay-cation,” residents took a trip to the Quay, where our lovely residents, the Springers, took everyone on a tour of their beautiful apartment. The “stay-cation” was a great day of socialization and exploration of other parts of the Bishop Gadsden Community, as well as some good food.
The week was rounded off with the Myers Hall Reggae Party. The party brought dancing, good food, and good music to commemorate a week of celebrating wellness. The Myers Hall residents enjoyed music by a steel-drum band and authentic island food. Residents were treated to Mai Tai’s as a specialty cocktail and Pina Colada bars for dessert. Celebrating a fun week of activity, socialization and entertainment deserves the perfect party to finish off the festivities. Full commitment from both staff and residents made Rhythm of Life possible, and we cannot wait to bring it back next year!