Don’t you love turning to the first page of that new novel you’ve been wanting to read? There’s a wonderful feeling of anticipation at the beginning of a story, and with the start of the new year, that same level of hopeful excitement settles upon us. Even better, we have some measure of control over how the story will play out, as we resolve to make changes to improve our health, our relationships with others, and the direction our lives will take.
For older adults, making resolutions is a great way to instill a sense of accomplishment, meaning and purpose in life. A wonderful bonding exercise for families is to sit down together and create a list of each person’s wishes for the new year, and how to set about accomplishing those. Some ideas to kickstart the conversation, especially with New Year’s resolutions for seniors, include:
- Strive for Five. The USDA recommends five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Best bets include those that are dark green or brightly colored, such as spinach, kale, collard greens, carrots, bell peppers, oranges, and melons.
- Get Moving! All of us can benefit from some additional physical activity. Start with a physician consultation to get approval on an exercise regimen, and then put a plan in place to implement. Great exercises for many older adults include swimming or water aerobics, walking, and tai chi. Partnering with a family member, or a professional in-home caregiver, can ensure the motivation and encouragement to stick to it.
- Make an Appointment – or Two. Pull out the calendar, pick up the phone, and schedule all those screenings and tests you’ve been putting off: vision and hearing checkups, colon and breast cancer screenings, osteoporosis tests, etc.
- Boost Your Brain. Make this the year to learn something new or to try something you’ve always wanted to try. For older adults, there are a variety of senior-specific classes at community colleges that provide the added benefit of making new friends. Other good choices include online language courses, memory games and puzzles, or learning activities at the local library.
- Kick a Bad Habit. Whether it’s quitting smoking, curbing alcohol consumption, or another unhealthy habit, the new year is the perfect opportunity to determine to overcome it. Setting small goals and celebrating along the way is a great way to ensure success.
At Absolute Companion Care, we’re here to help seniors set and reach new goals this year with our professional Butler senior care services. Just a few of the many ways we can make a difference:
- Offer safe, accompanied transportation for seniors to medical appointments, exercise programs, classes, social events, and more
- Prepare healthy, delicious meals in accordance to any prescribed dietary plans
- Run errands such as grocery shopping to keep the fridge and pantry are well stocked
- Provide medication reminders to ensure prescriptions are taken exactly as recommended
- And much more