Mapping Wellbeing: Four Ways to a Longer and More Meaningful Life

In every single one of these communities, older adults had a role, a community to which they belonged, a place where they were seen and valued. Their lives in their later years were contiguous with their younger years. They lived well and fully, and it appears that meaning and connection may well have been driving their health, longevity, and wellbeing.

Again, this raises the question, to improve health and wellbeing for older adults, especially for those living in long term care, are we pressing on the right levers? And are we measuring the right outcomes? Do we think their care plans should be organized by medical diagnoses and interventions? Should our care instead be explicitly geared towards a goal of improving quality of life and wellbeing?



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