For me, a true sense of wellbeing sits right on top of the pyramid that is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943).  

It is built on the foundation of other basic requirements; like the fundamental need for food and shelter; and also psychological needs for love, friendship, security and self-esteem.  These building blocks can be achieved through more tangible pursuits; such as earning money to buy a home to live in, or via personal relationships that help to nourish self-esteem.

I have been interested in wellbeing for some time (even before the word became trendy!) Over 20 years ago I was super-focused on what Maslow refers to as ‘self-actualisation’ – that is the fulfilment that comes from achieving potential, including participating in creative endeavours. However, back then, at 16, I didn’t have the solid foundations yet to build upon. With age (for many) comes experience, material wealth and security.  And, therefore, the opportunity to explore pastimes that are fulfilling to one’s mind, body and soul.

So, I was super-excited at the prospect of launching our first Anchor Wellbeing Festival, specifically aimed at older people.  Interests that promote happiness and fulfilment are crucial to us. After all, our strapline is ‘happy living for the years ahead’. At all of our new independent living sites you will find warm, secure retirement apartments and a cafe serving nutritious food; like-minded people with whom to form new friendships, and the opportunity to explore hobbies, interests and pastimes through various different means.  

On 18 February 2017 we held our first Wellbeing Festival at Keble Court in Church Crookham.  We had food and music, craft and design, reiki, massage and manicures.  

It was wonderful.  So great to see our residents engaging with potential purchasers and the wider community, trying new things, making new friendships and basically having a good time.  

After all, isn’t that what life is all about? Particularly when you don’t have to worry about paying the bills or getting to work on time anymore….  

As C.S. Lewis said: “You are never too old to set another goal, or dream another dream.”

Our next wellbeing festival is on 29 April at Keble Court in Church Crookham, near Fleet, and after that on 6 May at Austin Place in Weybridge.

To register your interest, please contact us. I very much look forward to seeing you there.

Rebecca Parker is Anchor’s Sales Manager – New Developments 

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