Crane’s Mill Introduces La Via: A Resident-Exclusive Wellness Program

New Wellness Initiative Offers Unique Programming for Residents

La Via WellnessCrane’s Mill, long known for its rich programming and commitment to seniors’ well-being, has launched La Via Wellness—a forward-thinking, industry-leading wellness program designed especially for its residents.

La Via literally translates to “the road,” as the program’s focus is on helping each resident find their own path to wellness. Whether a resident has modest ambitions like eating more vegetables or reading a trendy piece of fiction, or seeks something more challenging like improving endurance or attending university courses, La Via makes it easy to get started, follow through, and achieve those goals.

The program is based on six key dimensions which serve as stepping stones on the path to comprehensive well-being: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional & Social, Vocational, and Environmental. These elements serve as a foundation for creating clubs, events, activities, and classes offered exclusively to residents.

Each month, a calendar of programs is published and delivered to residents. La Via icons appear alongside programs which meet La Via’s purpose. Residents can personalize their own La Via wellness plan by selecting exactly which activities meet their wants and needs.

The program’s launch event on Friday, November 8, garnered an enthusiastic response from the resident population. “It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for the La Via launch event,” said Meredith Wu, the community’s resident services director and one of La Via’s key architects. “Wellness is a key to independence and longevity, and the residents are well aware of the program’s importance.”

At the launch event, Meredith, along with Nicole Smith, director of community programming, presented to residents a colorful presentation including programming examples from all six dimensions.

Ylli Bilani, the community’s exercise physiologist, officially launched La Via with an exercise demonstration geared towards flexibility and balance. “Keeping yourself active is very important as we age,” said Ylli. “At Crane’s Mill, there are a number of ways to stay fit. Residents can use the fitness center, pool, or take an exercise class. Now with La Via, there are even more opportunities.”

Crane’s Mill is a part of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ), a not-for-profit organization operating across the state. La Via is LSMNJ’s proprietary wellness program, and subsequent launches will follow in the organization’s other properties throughout the state.

For more information on La Via Wellness, including a view of this month’s calendar, visit www.cranesmill.org/lavia.