6 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Improve Seniors Quality of Life
The New Year denotes a new and fresh start, and January is a perfect month to assess our lives and take an inventory of what we’d like to change or focus on. New Year’s Resolutions are not just for the young, but setting goals or resolutions can have a positive impact on the senior’s quality of life.
Here are some healthy and valuable New Year’s Resolutions that seniors can make to help improve seniors quality of life.
It is never too late for seniors to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Growing old is inevitable, so accept it with grace. Every day is a challenge when you get older, like getting out of your bed in the morning to getting sleep at night. Indeed, every step is really a challenge. Aging gracefully is a matter of keeping a positive outlook on life itself, in spite of what life throws at you. Maintain a positive attitude towards circumstances and people around you can help improve your overall well being, that includes your health and disposition. Engage with life; maintain activities that are significant to you, such as gardening, journaling, handcrafting, lettering and calligraphy, etc. Explore and learn new things to keep you going. Seniors who are happy, healthy and active can still be a valuable asset to their family and to the community rather than a burden.
2. Eat More Healthy Foods
As we grow older, our body needs healthy foods with fewer calories. So try to eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low sodium foods. There are antioxidants in vegetables and fruits that reverse the signs of aging. Having a balanced diet helps us avoid any age-related issues or diseases. You can season your food to add extra flavoring when cooking, and you can seek the advice of your physician or dietitian for healthy choices. Also drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can reduce the risks of stroke and heart attack, and helps improve your metabolism and your skin elasticity.
3. Get Adequate Sleep
Create a relaxing routine before bedtime to make sure you get enough sleep every day. You can take a warm bath and read your favorite book while having a cup of chamomile or lavender tea. This bedtime routine will help you to relax and fall asleep easier at night. If you have sleep apnea or snoring problem, consider an anti-snoring mouthguard or mouthpiece — this device can help you get a good night’s rest. Also, avoid using your mobile phone, computer and other gadgets, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Having a good night’s sleep has many health benefits for seniors. It improves immune system, repair damaged cells and tissues.
4. Challenge Your Brain
Our brain and body deteriorate or shrink as we age, thus stimulating the mind to ensure that the brain functions efficiently is as important as maintaining physical fitness and strength in older age. According to researchers, older adults who engage in mental and physical activities have a greater sense of fulfillment, happy with their daily lives and have a general improvement in their well being. Find hobbies and recreational activities for seniors to challenge your brain and keep you mentally and physically active.
5. Prevent Falls
As we get older we become more prone to trips and falls. And falls are a leading cause of injuries among seniors that can cause emotional and mobility issues and worse, death. The older we get, the harder it is for us to get healed and recovered from the injuries, so it is important to guard against falls. Exercises such as walking, dancing, swimming and aerobics can boost your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. Also ask your doctor to check that you’re not taking any medication that can make you more likely to fall. Get rid of items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs and carpets.
6. Be Social
It is common for older people to become socially withdrawn due to some challenges that come with age, like friends and family moving away, limited mobility or chronic or long-term sickness which makes difficult to get out and about. Nevertheless, make a resolution to be more social by attending local events, going to church or group bible studies, traveling, visiting friends or simply running errands. Don’t let distance or mobility issues hinder you from being socially active, but you can bridge the gap by sending out greeting cards, postcards and letters. Or take advantage of modern technology to get connected with friends and family and get updated with what’s happening around the world through social media and other platforms.