The Eight Elements
The Eight Elements
Our goal: To engage. To empower. To create meaningful moments.
The eight elements include physical, spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, occupational, environmental, and financial aspects of a person’s life.
This underpins many areas which may be/or has been important to a person’s life. It can therefore be understood that people can feel disempowered if their personal values, goals, and needs aren’t met.
A little bit about how the eight elements of wellness may fit for those living with dementia.
Physical Wellness includes adequate nutrition and exercise, it is about maintaining a level of health in body and mind. By adopting physical health habits that are appropriate and supportive of an individual's abilities. As a qualified and insured exercise referral specialist, Amy is able to support the assessment and physical activity programming of people living with various chronic health conditions.
Intellectual Wellness is about discovery. Whilst neurocognitive diseases are progressively degenerative, evidence has shown that mind-body interventions have a positive effect on people living with a mild cognitive impairment or dementia (Karssemeijer, et al., 2017). Our physical and cognitive activities are based on evidence which has shown positive effects by continuing with learning new skills and knowledge.
Environmental Wellness is born from the sense of security and peace in one’s surroundings. This also accounts for our living and workspaces, our vehicles and extends to the environment and surroundings around us. With our experience in clinical and community settings we understand that the physical environment can be helpful – or unhelpful - can work well – for a person living with dementia. There are ways in which technology, understanding risk and developing dementia-friendly environments can be an important part for those living with, and supporting, a person living with dementia.
Spiritual Wellness appears to mean different things for different people depending on their own beliefs, culture and wishes. Despite the various definitions and interpretations on what may seem an abstract concept, spirituality tends to involve creating peace and maintaining balance, whilst feeling valued and having a sense of purpose. Our aim is to consider an individual’s spiritual wellness, whatever this may look like to them, as the spiritual domain has been shown to impact on quality of life for individuals living with illness and families. We are committed to supporting and addressing the spiritual needs for individuals living with illness and their families.
Social Wellness comprises of relationships. This includes family, friends as well as extending out to the community and professional caregivers. We understand that neurodegeneration can negatively impact these relationships and cause problems for those living with, and those supporting a person, neurodegeneration. Our various physical and cognitive activity programmes support social wellness and improve the social experiences for all those involved.
Emotional Wellness is being able to share feelings, find enjoyment in life, and be able to adapt to emotional difficulties, life challenges and life’s journey. We understand that as a person’s abilities change, the way in which they express their emotions can change too. Therefore, we provide sensory activities which can help a person express their emotions in a safe and supportive way.
Occupational Wellness draws on a person’s sense of purpose and meaning. Whilst a person living with cognitive decline may no longer be in work, there are other ways we can support a person in their unique skills that are not only meaningful to them, but in a way they feel empowered to demonstrate aspects of them in some way.