New Year’s Eve is a wonderful occasion for a variety of reasons—the parties, the food, the champagne—but one of the most beneficial aspects is the creation of goals for the new year, also known as New Year’s resolutions. A new year, a new you, they say! As we’re already about a week into 2015, now is the time to create your resolutions if you haven’t already. The key is to focus on a small set of achievable (but still challenging) goals. To help you get started, we’ve created a list of New Year’s resolutions for seniors. They may not all apply to your life and aspirations, but hopefully they can inspire you to have a happier, healthier, and more productive 2015.
New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors
1. Improve your health. First, let’s start with a classic: eat better and exercise more. Whether you’re a child, an adult, or a senior, focusing on your health is always a worthwhile idea. You could decide to eat more vegetables, drink more water, take a walk everyday, visit your doctor more regularly, or even join an exercise class!
2. Cherish your loved ones and make new friends. As we grow older, we realize that the people who surround us are far more important than the things we own. So this year, try to spend more time with your family and friends. And while you’re at it, try making some new friends! If you’re living in a retirement community, this will be easy if you challenge yourself to attend new events and group activities.
3. Improve your tech savviness. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Plus, if you want to spend more time with loved ones, the Internet is a great way to make that goal possible. You could learn how to e-mail, use Skype, or join a social media site. Or if you’re already online, you might decide to send your old friend an e-mail each week or learn a new skill using online research.
4. Review your will and/or estate plan. Some resolutions are fun and others are simply important. Although it might not be fun to think about what will happen at the end of your life, if you want to protect your future and your family’s best interests, you need to review your estate plan and ensure that it reflects your wishes and opinions.
5. Record your memories. You’ve lived a long life full of stories worth sharing. So this year, why not write some of those memories down? You don’t have to be a novelist to share your memories with your loved ones. Write down how you met your spouse, the best day of your life, how important political/cultural events influenced your life, the most important lessons you’ve learned, etc. . . . When you’re finished, you can make copies and share the writing with your loved ones, so that they always remember the stories you told, as well as how you told them.
6. Have fun. An essential ingredient to any good year!
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We hope that your 2015 is filled with love and laughter. Cheers to the new year!
Are you looking for an assisted living facility in the Midwest? If so, be sure to check out Hearthside Senior Living Place. Each of our eight retirement communities includes a fitness center, exercise classes, fun activities, computer rooms, and healthy dining options, so it will be easy for you to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. To learn more about our facilities, contact Hearthside Senior Living Place today or click here to schedule a free tour. We look forward to hearing from you!