When Jan Olson, Fitness and Living Well Manager of Paradise Valley Estates, learned the community had won a 2015 Gold Pinnacle Award from NuStep she was thrilled. The national award, established in 1998, recognizes top senior living communities that excel in whole-person wellness programming and promote active living for seniors. She was most proud that Paradise Valley Estates earned the top designation: a gold award.
Whole-person wellness is rooted in the belief that wellness has seven interdependent dimensions: social, vocational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and environmental. While Paradise Valley Estates has always championed active living throughout every stage of life, the award showcases the community’s commitment to providing residents with the highest quality of life possible. “When residents are active and have a high quality life, they’re able to remain independent, enjoy functional living, and have fun, too,” said Jan.
According to Jan, there are many reasons whole-person wellness strategies are ingrained in day-to-day life at Paradise Valley Estates. “It’s what gives our residents purpose and helps them live fully and abundantly. An activity like tai chi is more than physical exercise,” Jan said. “It also has important spiritual, emotional and social aspects.”
Jan will accept the award on behalf of the community at the International Council on Active Aging Conference and, as gold award winners, the community wellness center also will receive a NuStep T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer. A special ceremony and presentation of the Gold Pinnacle Award is planned for January 2015 at Paradise Valley Estates.