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Wellderly Week is a special time set aside each year to celebrate and focus on the well-being of our senior community. This year, it will be observed from March 18 to March 23.

The week is dedicated to promoting health, happiness, and the importance of staying active and engaged, regardless of age.

The celebration highlights the significant role that seniors play in our society and emphasizes the collective responsibility to ensure their well-being. It’s a time when people are encouraged to visit senior centers, thank those who are older for their contributions, and support organizations focused on elder care​​.

To maintain emotional wellness, activities suggested include traveling to new places, pampering oneself, volunteering, and trying out new experiences​​.

Furthermore, Wellderly Week serves as a reminder that wellness doesn’t just mean physical health but also mental and social well-being. Engaging in regular exercise, staying connected with friends, and participating in community activities are all ways to support a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle.

Seniors are encouraged to pursue passions, learn new skills, and share their experiences with others, demonstrating that age can indeed be just a number​​​​​​.

In embracing the spirit of Wellderly Week, we’re reminded of the importance of redefining “acting your age” and embracing life’s possibilities at any stage. It’s a week to celebrate our elders’ achievements and commit to actions that support their health and happiness year-round.

The History of Wellderly Week

The concept of Wellderly Week was initiated in 2015 by a non-profit called Wellderly Life, founded by Sabrina Williams.

Williams saw a gap in societal recognition for the elderly and aimed to fill it by celebrating their lives and contributions. The inaugural Wellderly Week took place in October 2016 and has since been a time to reflect on positive aging.

Wellderly Week falls on the third Monday of March, marking a period dedicated to encouraging seniors to live life to the fullest.

This includes embracing their interests and hobbies and fostering mental and physical wellness. This initiative reflects a broader understanding of aging.  It challenges traditional views and supports seniors in remaining active and involved in their communities and families​​.

Wellderly Week reminds us that age should not be a barrier to leading a vibrant and fulfilling life. It’s a call to action for people of all ages to support the well-being of the senior community and ensure they can enjoy a life marked by joy, dignity, and purpose.

How to Celebrate Wellderly Week

To celebrate Wellderly Week, consider organizing a community event that honors seniors. Invite local seniors to share their stories and wisdom in a gathering that bridges generations.

Another great way to observe this week is by volunteering at a senior center, where you can spend time with the elderly, offering companionship and assistance. You could also start a project that focuses on improving the lives of seniors in your community, such as a home repair initiative for those in need. 

Modern senior living communities and organizations now offer a range of activities and programs during Wellderly Week, from social gatherings and volunteer projects to art exhibitions and educational seminars.

These events aim to promote physical, mental, and social wellness. The week is not just about honoring the elderly but also about bridging generational gaps and fostering a culture of respect and empathy toward the needs of aging individuals​​​​.

Engaging in intergenerational activities, like art classes or tech workshops, can also be a meaningful way to celebrate, encouraging learning and connection between seniors and younger participants.

Additionally, promoting physical wellness through group walks or gentle exercise classes tailored to seniors can highlight the importance of staying active.

Finally, consider advocating for senior issues by hosting awareness events that focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the elderly today​​​​​​​​​​.

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