PILLARS OF HEALTHY LIVING

Healthy Living

Behind everything at Pacific Landing, is the goal to facilitate a happy and healthy life for our owners. Canadians today are living longer than ever before with an average life expectancy of 85 years old. But shockingly, our quality of life has not followed.

HALE (health-adjusted life expectancy) is a measurement that determines the number of years a person can expect to live in good health. Men’s HALE is 69 years old and women is 71. That means that on average, Canadians can expect to live roughly 10.5 years with difficult health. Although some factors that we cannot control do play a role, our HALE is often something that can be controlled through simple lifestyle changes.

BelleBrio has partnered with Dr. Theodore Cosco to better understand this. Dr. Cosco, a PHD graduate from Cambridge University, has dedicated his career to studying healthy ageing.

Through our partnership with Dr. Cosco, we have identified 3 Pillars of Healthy and Happy Living. And what we’ve found is the Pillars are pretty straightforward. What typically stops people from living by these pillars is their environment. So at Pacific Landing, we have purpose-built every thing – from the buildings to the services offered – to facilitate a lifestyle that abides by the 3 Pillars of Healthy and Happy Living.

3 Pillars of Healthy Living

The environment created by Pacific Landing is intended to foster the pillars of healthy aging in a way that maximises the opportunities for residents to age well. In order to best foster wellbeing in individuals, the barriers to active and social engagement must be removed and the facilities to engage in health behaviours made available.

  1. Active engagement involves getting the most out of life by being an involved participant in activities one finds stimulating. These activities include a broad range of avenues to facilitate wellbeing, such as engaging in work or volunteer activities, or taking in an art gallery.
  2. Social engagement involves fostering social networks and being an active participant in the community. Loneliness and isolation are common amongst older adults and may have negative physical, cognitive, and psychological effects. By providing an environment that actively encourages interaction amongst residents, individuals are able to become active members of a community. Research has shown that larger social networks and stronger social ties are associated with better quality of life.
  3. Health behaviours involve having a healthy diet and getting adequate physical exercise. The benefits of health behaviours are far-reaching and profound. The food you put into your body and how you take care of your body have significant implications for how long and how happily you will live. Environmental barriers, i.e. access to facilities that promote exercise, often prevent older adults from achieving the health and quality of life they hope to have.

Each of the pillars of the healthy ageing model are fostered by the Pacific Landing environment. Residents are able to enjoy as much or as little engagement as they choose in order to maximise their quality of life. By providing avenues that have been shown in scientific studies to be associated with higher levels of health and wellbeing, Pacific Landing demonstrates an evidence-based approach to providing a healthy ageing environment.

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