OF HEALTH & WELLNESS
Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mind set, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.
A consequence of this focus is that a wellness mind set will protect you against temptations to blame someone else, make excuses, shirk accountability, whine or wet your pants in the face of adversity. (I threw that in to help you remember this explanation.)
--Don Ardell, Ph.D., Living Well Center, University at Buffalo
What is wellness?
It's a word
that's used a lot these days, and I'm sure you hear it all the time.
In recent years there has been new thinking in this area and it has led to the development of newer models of health and there are numerous different models.
Basically, the wellness model that people adhere to today moves beyond that traditional notion of health and wellness as being the mere absence of disease to the optional functioning of each individual regardless of current health status or disability.
So, wellness exists on a continuum and is unique to each individual person. Each of us defines our own wellness. It's hard to say, you know, you're well or you're not well. That's not the way it works. It's a unique thing based on our individual circumstances. And wellness in this view is also seen as a holistic concept. It's looking at the whole person and not just at your blood pressure level or how much you weigh, or how well you manage your stress.
It's not one thing; it's all of these things connected. Wellness involves the spiritual, the body, the mind, and the concept dimensions.
--Carla Culley, Research & Training Center on Health, Wellness, & Disability
Oregon Health Sciences University
PERSPECTIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Qualities of health and wellness from focus groups of people with disabilities
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My experience being disabled and talking to other disabled people has been what we just described, and that is that my health and well-being is always on a fluctuation continuum, not because I'm disabled, but because I'm a human being.
from Definitions of Health and Wellness for Persons with Long-Term Disability
Mary Oschwald and Laurie Powers
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Health, Wellness, & Disability
Oregon Health and Science University
Unique Issues of Health and Wellness for Persons with Disabilities
of Health and Wellness for Persons with Long-Term Disability
ON FACTORS RELATED TO HEALTH & WELLNESS
We propose that there are at least four major components of health and wellness for persons with physical impairments and disabilities including traditional elements like mind, body, spirit, and context.
environmental factors such as culture, community, physical environment,
family, social networks and social history. Our research shows that individual
We believe that many components and factors of health and wellness are intertwined. Therefore, research, training, practice, and policy should utilize a comprehensive model of health and wellness that incorporates elements of the person and the physical and social environments of the community when addressing health and wellness issues among persons with physical impairments and disabilities.
Toward a National Agenda on
Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities
A Position Paper of the RRTC Consortium on
Health and Wellness for Persons with Long-Term Disabilities
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