Resident Dances Her Way to Better Health

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award resident Dolores Johnson with the Wellness Star for July 2019. 

This month’s award focuses on the emotional and social dimensions of wellness. The emotional dimension recognizes a healthy expression of one’s feelings, while the social dimension represents the ability to relate and connect with other people in the world. As we all age, it’s vital to stay connected to people and to participate in various social activities. And Dolores Johnson does just that.

Wellness-Star-Dances-Her-Way-to AwardDolores is a dancer, but she didn’t start participating in regular dance classes until age 55. Her daughter began a belly dancing class and Dolores was quick to join in. After participating in that class, Dolores realized the movement was helping her injured shoulder. So she kept on dancing and now enjoys two types of belly dancing classes, Tribal and Egyptian, and has added a weekly line dancing class to her line up.

Dolores says there are many benefits to dancing, such as helping to build confidence, to be more assertive, to show good sportsmanship and to encourage others at various skill levels. Plus, dance classes help you form a social support system. “Dancing is a great way to socialize and have a network of people you can turn to,” said Dolores. “But most important, dancing is fun! Our group can make mistakes and we can laugh with each other.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Dolores said: “It’s getting enough movement and staying mentally active. Movement is a way of life and FPH has given me many opportunities to be active.”

Congratulations to Dolores Johnson — our July Wellness star…and may you keep on dancing.

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