6 New Year’s Resolutions for Every Senior
#1 Master the internet.
It’s easy if you try. Connecting to the web can boost your awareness to the world at large. Older adults have a greater propensity for finding like minded individuals who share their interests online. If you’re going to connect and start using the web regularly, remember to beware of senior internet scams. Here are two resources you should not live without:
- Google search: look up anything. Anything! You will be a mere click away from knowing how to make that recipe just right or learning the definition of “scintillating.”
- Feeling lonely? Scores of social media sites allows you to engage new personalities and groups. Start with Facebook. Peek in on your grandkids’ lives!
#2 Prepare for the future.
It’s never too early to start. As you begin to age in place, start looking to rely on proper avenues of senior care. Let your family know whether you eventually want to have a caregiver, purchase a medical alarm system, or move into a comfortable home. We all grow older and require some help here and there. The only difference is whether you and your family are ready!
#3 Eat healthy in 2017!
Avoid processed food and snacks high in sugar and sodium. Your diet is the fuel for your day and helps to keep your mind sharp. Healthy alternatives include avocado and walnuts for those “good oils” and fiber from whole grains. Make sure to consume fresh fruits and vegetables every day and take the necessary supplements and vitamins (particularly Vitamin B and D) that your body needs.
#4 Schedule regular check-ups.
So what if you’re no spring chicken? Age like fine wine! Keep your doctors up to date on those aches and pains. Why suffer when you don’t have to? Annual senior checkups are vital to determining how to maintain and improve your health. Beth Israel Hospital provides a useful guide for seniors preparing for an annual physical.
#5 Engage and socialize.
Join a book club or social group, participate in yoga or aqua fitness—there are numerous ways to keep an active lifestyle. The simple action of getting up, identifying your interests and making contact is a sure fire way to immerse yourself in an active lifestyle this New Year.
#6 Be honest with yourself and others.
If you need help, get it. It’s very important to maintain your independence, but do not ignore the realities. If you cannot safely make it on your own, reach out to family and friends for assistance. Independence may become more difficult as we age, but we still have the freedom to choose our own path. You’ll be able to stay in your current home and neighborhood longer if you build a support network of people who can help when it’s necessary. To supplement or compensate for your natural support network consider reaching out to deluxe senior care provider like Pari Home Care.
Learn more about in-home senior care for yourself or your loved one from the dedicated staff at Pari Home Care. We are known for our flexible hourly and in-home care from everything from running errands and help around the house with daily chores to more personal care. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in Ottawa.
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