Life Here

June 13, 2017 By Jan Olson

Bringing an Active Aging Philosophy to Life

The philosophy of active aging is explained by the World Health Organization as the “process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” In the Final Report from the White House Conference on Aging 2015, healthy aging was explained as living a long, productive, meaningful life and enjoying a high quality of life.

We here at Paradise Valley Estates couldn’t agree with those ideals more. In alignment with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), we work to promote a vision for all individuals — regardless of age, socioeconomic status or health — to enjoy a fully engaged life in seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual/cognitive, physical, professional/vocational, social and spiritual. This concentrated focus is one reason we were proud to receive national recognition as a recipient of the 2015 NuStep Pinnacle Award for promoting whole person wellness.

The team at Paradise Valley Estates (PVE) strives to create an environment that promotes wellbeing and health along the life span. In our mission statement, we take ownership that we are changing each person’s life here at PVE by encouraging everyone to live abundantly.

We promote functional fitness and nurture wellness of our residents through personal training sessions, group exercise classes and state-of-art equipment for physical fitness. In addition, we are a member of the Solano County Fall Prevention Partnership and offer structured, evidence-based Fall Prevention classes to include Matter of Balance, Stepping On, and our current Tai Chi Moving For Better Balance class.

That said we also educate our community on the relationship between lifestyle choices — healthy eating, meaningful pursuits, physical activity, and social and spiritual activities — and healthy functional abilities and feelings of wellbeing.

Our programs and campaigns such as The Longest Day have specific, measurable outcomes for preventing or managing chronic conditions and fueling day-to-day functional ability. As a member of the NuStep Pinnacle advisory board, we advise product manufacturers and service providers on how they can design, develop and deliver products and services that are inclusive for all ages and abilities.

Paradise Valley Estates is part of the global community that embraces active aging across the life span. We encourage you to share new ideas and suggestions for our programs and class offerings. We are here for you. If you have suggestions or comments, please email me at


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