Highland Springs Residents Enjoy a Fresh Focus on Well-Being

By Susan Ingram
February 14, 2024
Residents of Highland Springs in North Dallas enjoy an array of amenities and programs that promote their health and well-being.

David Gibbs, former chair of the biannual Bee Healthy Expo at Highland Springs, an Erickson Senior Living community in North Dallas, Tex., is passionate about well-being--as are his hundreds of neighbors.

"I had a lot of help organizing the last expo. I felt like it pretty much covered the entire spectrum of health and wellness," recalls David.

More than 40 participants--including Highland Springs' interfaith services, the on-campus Alzheimer's Walk and support group, and an off-campus music therapy organization--offered lots of educational resources and material.

"It provided residents with opportunities to speak directly with health and service providers," he adds.

Like all Erickson Senior Living communities, Highland Springs provides industry-leading amenities and activities that are designed to enhance residents' physical, mental, and spiritual health. From fitness classes and guided meditations to religious gatherings in the on-campus chapel, there's no shortage of ways for residents to care for their well-being.

A holistic approach

To support residents in their wellness journeys, Erickson Senior Living is investing $500 million in upgrades to its communities, focusing on supporting physical, mental, and spiritual health.  

Now, Erickson Senior Living residents across the country are enjoying relaxing outdoor meditation areas, event pavilions for social connections, pickleball courts, walking trails, and more. Renovated fitness centers also received additional space and new equipment.

At Highland Springs, Erickson's investment also went toward the installation of an outdoor labyrinth.

Labyrinths--not to be mistaken for mazes--have been in use around the world for thousands of years. One continuous path switches back and forth in closed circuits, creating a slow, deliberate walking route that's perfect for contemplation.

"The labyrinth and the many different meditative programs we offer are all about mindfulness and breathing," says Reverend Jamie Bruning, pastoral ministries coordinator. "It's so important to take time to just be still, to be present in the moment."

Like the labyrinth, Daily Devotions--a program on Highland Springs' in-house TV channel--proves to be popular among residents.

"We proudly provide a wealth of spiritual resources so residents can recharge," says Bruning. "With everything that's going on in the world, it's important to find moments of peace. There's a strong correlation between spiritual and mental health and overall well-being."

Fitness for all

"In addition to spiritual support, residents have a variety of fitness activities and groups to choose from for their physical health," says Fitness Manager Amber Graham.

From bocce and disc golf to water volleyball and walking clubs, there's something for everyone at every ability level.

"We also offer classes that focus on movement and breathing, like Drumba, Pilates, and yoga," adds Graham.

"Helping people live better lives by encouraging and supporting well-being is at the core of our mission statement," says Kimberly Reed, Highland Springs' resident life director. "Our fitness trainers, pastoral care professionals, and health care providers are always available to help residents."

And because all buildings across the 89-acre campus are connected via climate-controlled walkways, residents find it easier than ever before to maintain their healthy routines.

With hundreds of activities and clubs, including corn hole and mah-jongg, residents often find like-minded neighbors to share their interests with. And with so many on-campus restaurants serving up nutritious options, the opportunities for socialization are nearly endless!

Giving back

David, who also serves as a member of the community's Health and Wellness committee, notes that the amenities and resources on-site enhance overall well-being for all residents. For him, having a medical center and continuing care on campus has made all the difference.

"I am a big advocate of educating people who are caregivers for people living with dementia," he adds. His wife, Jackie, is in advanced care at Fountain View, Highland Springs' memory care neighborhood. "It's my personal commitment to help residents maintain their mental and physical well-being."

By watching out for neighbors' well-being, David has boosted his awareness of his own health.

"I write articles for caregivers with our local newspaper. That's how I reach the people who don't know what to do and try to point them in the right direction," he says. "Sometimes, I take my own advice! Attending Highland Springs' biweekly group for Alzheimer's caregivers is really helpful too."

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