New Year’s Resolutions for Elderly Individuals That they Can Keep!
It’s not easy for anyone to stick to those New Year’s resolutions but elderly folks often have more difficulty in doing so than the rest of us. Part of the problem is many of us make resolutions that are simply too big. The secret to making good New Year’s resolutions is ensuring that these goals are reachable, they’re easy to complete, and they’re fun or entertaining enough to keep us interested. With that in mind, here are five easy New Year’s resolutions for elderly individuals that will help keep them happy, healthy, and living their best life well into the New Year.
1) Be More Active
Exercise plays such an important role in our lives that none of us really understand how integral it is. Not only does a moderate amount of exercise build and tone muscle, it can help moderate our moods, energize our immune systems, and even help regulate diet. Obviously you’ll want to speak with a health care provider or physical therapists to find out what sorts of exercise are best for you but seniors and elderly individuals often have great success with low-impact exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi, or simply taking afternoon strolls. And every exercise routine can be modified for those of us with mobility limitations.
2) Be More Social
Depression is a very real risk for seniors and elderly individuals (especially those aging in place). Studies have shown that mood can dramatically affect overall health—even shortening or lengthening the time it takes to recover from an injury. But for older folks who don’t get out of the house much, finding that essential socialization they need to maintain a positive mood can be hard. Many neighborhoods offer senior group activities which provide that much needed personal interaction but other options include:
Reconnecting with an old friend
Regularly calling family on the phone