There are only a few weeks left until 2014 which means that many people are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions. While we sometimes don’t follow through with every resolution that we set for ourselves, the New Year brings the opportunity to make a few simple modifications that for senior adults, could turn into healthy and beneficial lifestyle changes. Check out these 3 resolutions that any senior can start, either as the clock strikes midnight or as soon as tomorrow!
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet. One of the keys to aging gracefully and avoiding illness is to eat healthy. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, focusing on leafy green vegetables, vibrant fruits and whole grains. Making small changes can go a long way, and many seniors find they feel better and have more energy even after a few weeks of altering their diet. Need help with how to cook nutritious meals? Click here for information about our home caregivers and see how they can help you with everything from grocery shopping to meal preparation and dishwashing.
- Exercise on a regular basis. Many seniors do not getting enough exercise. In fact, studies show that only 25 percent of older adults exercise on a regular basis! It is important that seniors know that exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous, especially when first starting. Walking up and down the stairs, going for a walk around the neighborhood or light weights and resistance training are great ways to start an exercise routine. After you build endurance, stamina and strength, you can tackle other activities such as yoga or aerobics classes. Make a New Year’s resolution to exercise for at least 20 minutes, 4 days a week and start combating a variety of health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and anxiety and depression.
- Put yourself out there. Life after retirement is sometimes lonely and some seniors become isolated as they lose some of their close friends and loved ones. However, it is important for seniors to try to maintain as active of a social life as possible. Studies suggest that for some seniors, staying social can provide more benefits to one’s health than exercise. Companionship helps maintain brain health and cognitive functioning and maintaining relationships and conversing is a great way to keep the mind stimulated. Although trying something new or meeting new people can sometimes seem daunting, make it your resolution to at least say hello to someone new. Whether it’s your mail carrier or someone at the grocery store, the small interaction can be the first step in gaining the confidence to speak to a peer or reconnect with an old friend.
What other resolutions can you make for 2014? Contact Home Care Assistance of Centennial at 303.957.3100 and learn how we are helping seniors plan and attain their healthy resolutions for the New Year!