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Why Aging Adults Need Nature, Movement, and Brain Health

Inspīr Senior Living Team

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on the Nine Core Elements of intentional living. This week, we delve into the essential components of nature, movement, and brain health, which are integral to life at Inspīr Embassy Row in Washington D.C., just as they have been at Inspīr Carnegie Hill in New York City.

Nature: Fostering a Connection

Connecting with nature is elemental for leading a fulfilled life. At Inspīr, we understand the profound impact of nature on well-being, encompassing the fundamental elements of water, air, soil, plants, and animals. Our experience team seamlessly integrates various nature-related programs into the robust schedule of resident experiences offered each week.

In our thoughtfully designed amenity spaces at Inspīr Carnegie Hill, residents enjoy access to gardens and outdoor terraces, where they can bask in the fresh air and tranquility. Our horticultural therapy program, in collaboration with NYU Langone Health's Rusk Rehabilitation, provides residents with opportunities to engage in gardening activities, which have been shown to lessen anxiety, improve mood, and foster social connections.

Additionally, our Oceana/Memory Care residents participate in a unique program with Evergreen Minds, offering meaningful connections and pathways to well-being through mindful immersions in nature and expressive arts. We strongly believe that people, regardless of age or cognitive changes, should regularly experience the rejuvenating effects of fresh air and nature.

Residents of Inspīr Embassy will enjoy the same type of immersive experiences, with access to both indoor and outdoor amenity spaces that draw inspiration from nature. Whether it's the Rooftop Lounge offering panoramic views of the city skyline or serene outdoor garden areas, residents will have abundant opportunities to connect with nature and stay grounded amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Movement and Mobility

Maintaining mobility is crucial for aging adults, and at Inspīr, we prioritize keeping our residents active. Our daily programs cater to a range of physical capabilities, with offerings including fitness classes, access to a fitness center, and a saltwater heated pool.

At Inspīr Embassy Row, our Wellness Floor will serve as a sanctuary for whole-person wellness, featuring state-of-the-art amenities such as a fitness center, saltwater pool, sauna, steam room, and salt room, all staffed by personal trainers and wellness professionals. Outside the residence, our experience team organizes "On the Town" excursions to museums, parks, and gardens, ensuring residents can explore and stay mobile within the vibrant cities of New York and Washington D.C.

Brain Health

The brain is the command center of our bodies, controlling our physical and cognitive functions. As we age, maintaining brain health becomes increasingly important. At Inspīr Carnegie Hill, our ongoing Author Series provides residents with opportunities for mental stimulation and engagement. Recently, we hosted author Alex Prud'Homme, whose presentation on presidential dining habits sparked lively discussions among residents.

To support brain health, we emphasize mental stimulation, exercise, fresh air, social connectivity, a healthy diet, mental health, stress management, and quality sleep. By providing these key elements, we empower our residents to lead fulfilling and cognitively enriching lives.


Inspīr Senior Living is committed to enriching the lives of our residents through intentional and vibrant living. In our next installment of the series, we will explore the core elements of Art + Music, Belonging, and Purpose. Stay tuned as we continue our journey of enhancing the well-being of our residents.

Read Part 1 of our series on the Nine Core Elements of intentional living: Vibrant, Intentional Living Needs Laughter, Engagement, and Family.

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