The new year presents an exciting opportunity to start fresh and begin setting goals that will improve your mental and physical health. Whether it’s your physical fitness or a desire to make more of an effort to engage in social activities, 2017 is the time to make it happen. Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider adding to your list of New Year’s resolutions.
- Make Connections! Unfortunately, it can be easy to lose contact with friends and family members who live far away. If you have a loved one or old acquaintance in mind who you know you could do better at reaching out to, make 2017 the year that you make an effort to reestablish this connection. Thanks to social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it’s easier to reconnect.
- Share your favorite recipes. Sharing family recipes and passing them on down through generations is a great way to connect with grandchildren and even great-grand children. It’s also a great way to socially interact with friends and family.
- Eat Healthier. Probably one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, switching up your diet so that it consists of nutritious foods is essential. Remember that eating right doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you completely cut a certain food from your diet or drastically change all of your regular meals. Slowly introducing more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains to your daily meals will improve your health without requiring you to make any significant alterations to your diet.
- Plan Ahead. 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!
- Make “You” Time. Having a weekly schedule consisting of exercise classes, social gatherings and meetings for clubs, such as knitting or reading groups, is key to maintaining physical and mental health. However, it’s essential to allow yourself a break to enjoy the simple things in life.
- Go Through Your Family Photos. You have information and stories about your family members that your children and grandchildren don’t know. Make sure your family heritage is preserved by going through your family photos by labeling them or putting them in an album that your family can enjoy for generations.
- Schedule Regular Checkups. Yes, no one likes going to the doctor (for the most part). Keep your doctors up to date on those aches and pains and do your much needed maintenance. Annual senior checkups are vital to determining how to maintain and improve your health.
- Stimulate Your Brain. While it is important to get in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, don’t forget that keeping your brain active is equally essential. What does working out your brain entail? A daily puzzle, card game, or reading a book will contribute to healthier brain function and help to reduce your risk of developing dementia symptoms down the road.
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