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Designing Your Best Day


A Well-Being Series designed for Kendal Communities.

Creating a Supportive Daily Routine


This three part health and wellness series was held January 21, February 4, and February 18, 2021. It was intentionally designed to help participants work on doing their best every day and learn more about the health benefits of establishing a rhythm in their day and reflect on key components of a supportive daily routine. The series guided participants through a process to clarify the ingredients for the best day by setting new intentions as means of supporting health.

The series was presented by Rebecca Donato, executive director of Vitalize 360, a joint venture of Kendal and Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical school affiliate. Vitalize 360 is a program that fosters individualized well-being promotion in 20+ nonprofit senior living organizations nationwide. Rebecca’s 15 years of experience in aging services have been spent serving in executive and transformational leadership roles in life plan communities.

Through this work, she witnessed first-hand that people who live with a sense of purpose and who practice consistent self-care continue to flourish as they advance in age and was inspired to dedicate her focus to well-being promotion. In her current role with Vitalize 360, Rebecca designs and delivers best practices, programs, and training for a national consortium of Vitalize Coaches, employees of senior living providers who are dedicated to supporting older adults in continuing to live their best lives.

Rebecca Donato

Rebecca Donato, Executive Director
Vitalize 360

SESSION ONE

The Health Benefits of a Daily Routine


The first session focused on why maintaining a regular daily rhythm supports health. Participants reflected on the components of a supportive daily routine, became more clear about the unique “ingredients ” for living your best day and set personal intentions to enhance the daily routine.

SESSION TWO

The Anchors of a Supportive Daily Routine


In session two we began by meeting Kim Rivers, Resident Engagement Coordinator & Vitalize 360 Coach from Collington, a Kendal affiliate in Mitchellville, MD. Then Rebecca shared the anchors of a supportive daily routine:

  • Align with nature’s daily cycle
  • Mindfully bookend your day
  • Move, move, move
  • Get outdoors
  • Make time for meaning moments
  • Restore and renew

Session Two Resources


Why we sleep book cover

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Thrive book cover

Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

Association Between Life Purpose and Mortality Among US Adults Older Than 50 Years

Science links purpose to better health. Research increasingly demonstrates a correlation between life purpose and better health outcomes.

SESSION THREE

Designing Your Best Day


In the third and final session participants shared reflections while working through the Planning Guide. Rebecca explored the value of intention, shared additional resources and introduced Lathie Gannon, Vitalize 360 Health & Wellness Coach from Kendal-Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, PA.

Session Three Resources


Character Strength collage

VIA Character Strengths Survey

Practice Gratefulness and Ritual

The of Purpose book cover

The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better

Wellness


How can Kendal help people living in its communities maximize their well-being? How can we support individuals in gaining more clarity about what matters most in their lives today and set intentions for living this chapter of life with the deepest sense of purpose? 

Kendal has been a leader in learning and research to answer questions like these for many years. We believe one solution is a program we have pioneered with Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, called Vitalize 360.