Each month we hold an interactive class named "Affirmative Aging" led by members with training in this area. We are encouraged to live our best life by being both active and proactive, physically and mentally.
For some it can mean taking advantage of the diverse outdoor life of southwest Virginia: regularly walking the Creeper Trail, cycling, playing golf, swimming, yoga and other classes at the Coomes Center. Or you may prefer to explore your spirituality and studying new things, enjoying the rich cultural activities offered in the Abingdon area: ushering at Virginia's State Theatre, the Barter, taking classes at the College for Older Adults among others.
Or it can mean exploring new or old skills, doing artwork in our Art Room, gardening for flowers or vegetables.
Increased focus on spiritual issues is seen as one of the gifts of aging in an affirmative way. Members are encouraged to be involved in spiritual practice, whether alone or in one of the worship groups and churches in Abingdon.
We also provide many opportunities for our members to discover . . . or rediscover . . . talents and abilities that enrich all of our lives:
Richard is a retired English teacher who moved to ElderSpirit with his wife after reading a newspaper article about the Community. Now aged 78, he has been learning new skills, like many of his neighbors. He has taken up watercolor painting, photography and fly-tying, using the art studio in the common house with other residents. We also have two members who are professional artists. You, too, could hone old skills or develop new ones.
Other residents spearhead or participate in local, state and national ecumenical, ecological and other movements. Increasing wisdom and community involvement allow us to live the "good life" and to be generative for as long as we can.