Healthy New Year's Resolutions For Seniors
A new year is a great opportunity to take stock of your life and find ways to make personal improvements. It goes without saying that losing weight or stopping smoking are always great resolutions but here are five suggestions specifically for seniors. Get your brain fit
Keeping your brain fit and engaged through stimulating activities is an important part of mental health. .Try activities that promote logic, reasoning or memory as these can enhance the brain's capability to utilize and stimulate brain cells, electrical connections and keep neural pathways open and functioning.
Bring out the Scrabble board or jigsaw puzzles but also learn new games too. Play card games or board games, and try some brain teasers including logic puzzles, crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
Or start a language class, join a book club or try playing computer brain games.
Exercise or start a new physical activity
Try exercising a little every day. A little is better than none at all. It doesn’t have to be exhausting. Try something new such as yoga or tai chi. Not only will you increase your physical health but you may make new friend and improve your social life too. Or look into clubs at local senior organizations or within your retirement village. There are a number of arranged activities at RCA villages. Speak to your village manager for more information and see our earlier article on suggested ideas "From Tai Chi to Arts and Crafts - learn skills in a supported environment".
Eat more fresh foods
Try to eat more fresh healthy fruit and vegetables. It’s an easy way to make a noticeable difference in the way you look and feel.
Or maybe try growing your own. There’s nothing like the taste of fruit and vegetables you’ve picked fresh from your own garden. And you’d be surprised how much you can grow in a raised bed or a patio.
Do some voluntary work
Seniors have rich life experiences, wisdom and valuable skills to share with their communities who could really use their talents. There are often non-profit agencies that are seeking help in your community. The benefits of feeling you are helping someone else can be rewarding.
As well as the feeling of satisfaction from helping others, volunteering can also helps keep a senior’s world from shrinking and may give life additional purpose and meaning as well as promoting wellness. For more ideas, see our article from last year, "Volunteering - the opportunity to give something back to the community"
Start a family history book
Don’t assume your family know all about your family history or your life story. Start correlating all your old photos and mementoes into a book. This can be a great legacy for your family and generations to come. Share life stories and label old photos with the names and location.