“Our mission at Delray Community Wellness Center is to support people with healthy lifestyle changes. We are dedicated to helping people live healthier and happy lives free of chronic disease.”
About Delray Community Wellness Center
Delray Community Wellness Center welcomes adults age 50 and older. We emphasize lifelong wellness, with a focus on fun and learning. We offer many opportunities for older adults to be adventurous, learn new skills, socialize, and to meet new people. We want to “broaden our members’ horizons” through a wide variety of programs and classes. There is always something new to do and learn at Delray Community Wellness Center.
We have worked in collaboration with many health care professionals and local health and social service organizations to launch several new evidenced-based programs including:
- Chronic Disease Self-Management
- Tobacco Cessation
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program
- Food for Life (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
- Silver Sneakers Fitness
- Matter of Balance Program from the Area Agency on Aging
In addition, DCWC offers:
- A Community Walking Club
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- “Sage-ing Wisdom Circle”
- Member Support Groups
- Social Outings and Activities
- Music and Art Classes
- Free Screenings
Delray Community Wellness Center also serves as the host site for Overeaters Anonymous meetings, and provides monthly physician lecture series on current health issues and concerns. For a complete list and description of our programs and services click here.
When we speak about the Empowerment of our Seniors we always ask the following questions:
- What are the barriers to living your life the way you want to?
- How is your quality of life improving with age?
- What programs, services, and opportunities can Delray Community Wellness Center offer that would decrease identified barriers, and help to improve your quality of life?
We want to serve as the catalyst in changing the perceptions of aging and improve the quality of life for the increasing number of “baby boomers” and older adults living in our community.
Philosophy and Guiding Principles
The Delray Community Wellness Center’s philosophy, programs, and services are guided by the Six Dimensions of Wellness developed by Dr. Hettler, co-founder, of the National Wellness Institute. For further information about the Six Dimensions of Wellness click here.
Six Dimensions of Wellness
- Emotional – Degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about one’s self and life
- Spiritual – The development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe
- Intellectual – Expanding one’s own knowledge and skills, while discovering the potential for sharing one’s gifts with others
- Social – Emphasizes the interdependence of human beings and encourages contribution to one’s community and the environment
- Physical – Achieved through good nutrition and regular physical activity
- Occupational – Recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work
Through our mission statement, guiding principles, and the continuing support from our leadership team, and members, the Delray Community Wellness Center’s commitment to the community and our partners, is to design and implement programs and initiatives that continually empower and challenge our members to:
- keep cognitively-active
- improve and maintain health through lifestyle changes
- expand and strengthen their social network, and
- remain engaged, empowered, self-sufficient and “in control” of their own lives
Our center serves as the “facilitator” for self-empowerment. The services and program choices are guided by both individual and cooperative decision-making, recognizing that Delray Community Wellness Center can only be what its members want it to be.
Why Delray Community Wellness Center
Chronic Disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States – responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year, with seniors being one of the groups most impacted by chronic illnesses
In Palm Beach County
The burden of chronic disease in Palm Beach County is overwhelming and mirrors that of most other under served populations. In Delray Beach, as in other communities, older adults need much more “hands-on” support and resources to fight the epidemic of chronic disease than is readily available in our community.
- 332,723 residents 62 years and over
- 285,155 residents 65 years and over
- 25% of the population in the county is 62 years or older, which is higher than Florida (20.9%)
- 7.5% of the county’s population is 80 years or older, compared to 4.9% in Florida
The Overwhelming Impact of Chronic Disease
- 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, with 50% having at least two, with greater prevalence among minority populations
- 95% of health care spending for older adults is attributed to chronic conditions
- Accounts for more than 80% of the $2.7 trillion of what our nation spends annually on medical care
- Many older individuals face the challenge of balancing quality health care and human services in an environment of decreasing resources and increasing demand
Did You Know?
- 73% age 65-74 report no regular physical activity
- 81% age 75+ report no regular physical activity
- 61% have an unhealthy weight
- 33% fall each year
- 15%-20% clinically significant depression
- 35% no flu shot in past 12 months
- 45% no pneumococcal vaccine
- 20% prescribed “unsuitable” medications
The Need for Effective Healthy Lifestyle Interventions and Education Cannot Be Overstated!
Delray Community Wellness Center is Established
Seeing the devastating impact that Chronic Disease was having on his older adult patients Dr. David Neuman, an internist, and his son Elan Neuman, recognized that this needed to change. Their vision was to establish a Community Wellness Center for Seniors living in Delray Beach. They wanted to create a community-based program that would educate and help older adults with chronic diseases better manage their conditions, take control of their health, and maintain their independence.
Hence, in September 2014, the Personal Physician Care Community Center was established. The programs offered at the center were designed to focus on incorporating all aspects of the six dimensions of wellness – intellectual, physical, emotional, occupational, social, and spiritual – in its activities and services. In June 2015, the Personal Physician Care Community Center received formal federal designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
In March 2016, the center’s name was formally changed to Delray Community Wellness Center, with an “open house celebration” held in May. Delray Community Wellness Center will always remain committed to our mission and continue to offer programs and events that are in concert with the Six Dimensions of Wellness and the World Health Organization’s tenets of health.
Delray Community Wellness Center Continues to Grow
Delray Community Wellness Center continues to expand its programs and services to accommodate its significant increases in member participation.
2015 Programs and Services
Total Member Attendance: 2377
2016 Programs and Services
Total Member Attendance: 5367