New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors in 2012 posted on: 01-12-2012

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!  It’s time to do something good for yourself!

It’s never too late to start a New Year’s resolution!

We recently came across a list of New Year’s resolutions for senior citiziens.  They are designed to help you maintain your physical and mental health, improve your social life and help you live a happier and fuller life.  We hope you’ll consider giving them a try!

Visit your local senior center If you haven’t been to your local senior center, check it out. Senior centers are alive with all sorts of activities including games, crafts, lectures, lending libraries, exercise classes, educational courses, special interest clubs, entertainment, travel, parties and dances and hot lunches. Involved seniors are a lively bunch and in reasonably good health. It’s a perfect place to kick off 2012.

Increase your social contacts  You can make new friends at the senior center and church, or reach out to your neighbors and host a small get-together.  Studies continually show that people involved with other people stay healthier and live longer. Try to make at least one new friend this year.

Consider getting help if necessary  If you live alone and don’t have family or friends that you see regularly and are finding it difficult to get out to shop, houseclean, do laundry, or get out of the house for pleasure or for appointments, consider contacting North River Home Care to refer you to a screened and qualified caregiver for a few hours each week. A caregiver can keep you company, help you to get out, cook a meal, houseclean, shop, run errands and provide transportation to appointments and events. Even a short visit can make a big difference and be something you look forward to.

Learn how to use the Internet  It’s never too late to learn how to use the Internet. This skill will open up a whole new world of interesting information and communication possibilities to you. Ask a family member, especially grandkids, to teach you. It’s easy, and you can use the computers at the library or senior center. Email on the Internet will provide you with an easy, fun way to stay in touch with family and friends. Want a recipe? Look it up on the Internet. Want to purchase a special, obscure item, or can’t get to a store? Find it and purchase it on the Internet. You don’t need to understand how a computer works or other technical stuff. All you need to know is the Internet and email.

Schedule regular exercise  As you age, even a little regular exercise will help you feel better, maintain muscle tone, improve balance and keep those joints loose. Walking is great exercise. Plan on a daily walk. Walk with a friend or engage a companion to walk with you.

Get your papers/affairs in order  Do you have your important documents and information (insurance, social security number, mortgage/deed/lease, investments, savings accounts, auto registration, will, Medicare/Medicaid info, etc.) together in a safe place? Does anyone else know where to find them? Get them together in one safe location, make a list of them and let someone know where to find them. While you are at it, get a “File of Life” (call our office) and post your important medical information in a conspicuous place for emergency responders to find. And have a happy, healthy, satisfying NEW YEAR.

Thank you to Abby Services for use of their article.