|ICAA Wellness Model|
Super Noggin is compatible with the ICAA Wellness Model. The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is a professional membership association that focuses exclusively on the health and wellness of adults 50 years and older. Association members include people working with senior housing and retirement communities, recreation, academia, government agencies, and fitness and rehabilitation centers.
The concept of active aging can be summed up in the phrase “engaged in life.” Active aging describes individuals who live life as fully as possible within the seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social). Regardless of socioeconomic status or health conditions, older individuals can live useful, active and productive lives.
At ICAA, “wellness” is an umbrella term for the environment and the programs that support the active-aging lifestyle. ICAA works within the seven-dimension model of wellness because it is frequently used and embodies the concept of active aging.
ICAA supports the wellness dimensions and believes it is impossible to categorize them as separate entities. People playing cards in a bridge club are engaged within intellectual, social and emotional dimensions, while those in the quilting club add vocational and spiritual dimensions to those three. Individuals exercising in a group class are involved in physical, intellectual and social dimensions—and perhaps vocational if they are peer instructors—as well as emotional if they feel better after exercise.
Within the model of wellness dimensions, active aging can be incorporated in multiple ways.
ICAA Wellness Dimensions
Dimension: Intellectual, cognitive
Dimension: Professional, vocational
Based on input provided by the ICAA Successful Programs Work Group
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