While Wellness is a priority at Plymouth Harbor 365 days and 52 weeks of every year, our annual Resident Wellness Week is a time set aside each year to emphasize the different ways to live a well life. Resident Wellness Week is carefully orchestrated by Summer Rentsch, our Director of Wellness, to present residents with a variety of activities that encourage a healthy mind, body and spirit. “During this week, we celebrate our minds, bodies and spirits that carry us through each day,” Summer said.

This year there was an emphasis on holistic wellbeing and what well-rounded wellness looks like. “This week always serves as a way to showcase fun activities and events that might entice someone who has not spent much time in the wellness center to join us and see what it’s all about,” Summer said.

This year’s schedule of activities offered a wide variety of events to choose from, so whether you enjoy indoor classes or would prefer to explore the city, there was something for everyone. On Monday, Amy Raspillar, certified Hoola-Fit instructor, taught a hoola-hooping class that allowed residents the chance to learn a new skill and play like they did when they were kids. For one hour, Amy helped residents find their groove and get their heart rates up through the act of hoola-hooping. A “Healing Music” concert was held on Tuesday in Pilgrim Hall. Musical duo Adam Desorgo and Cheeko Matsusaka of “Back to the Beat” brought their musical talents (on piano and cello respectively) to our stage. “There is so much to say about music’s role in our overall health and wellness and an endless stream of music to share,” Back to the Beat said of their experience in a Facebook post. “Unlike a traditional performance, I let my audience close their eyes and let the music take them to a space of rest and relaxation.”

An excursion to Selby Gardens followed on Wednesday, where residents and Wellness staff enjoyed the healing powers of nature. Thursday’s event was a stand-up comedy act by Sherry Derrenberger, otherwise known as the Sit Down Comic, who believes that laughter is the best medicine. A final celebratory luncheon was held on Friday to thank those who participated and close out the week of events.

“These activities provided our residents with the chance to explore new ways to stimulate their mind, body and spirit and to remind everyone that taking care of yourself is the best investment you will ever make,” Summer said. Throughout life, we are all aging. No matter if we like it or not, aging is a constant, and the key to aging well is taking care of ourselves, mentally, physically and spiritually. Thank you to all of the residents who participated in this week’s events and for making the Wellness Center such a big part of their lives. “Without their enthusiastic participation, we couldn’t accomplish what we do each day,” Summer said. “Their friendship, suggestions, kindness, and generosity mean so much and we look forward to serving you all for years to
come!”