4 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

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Happy New Year! How about some New Year’s resolutions you can actually commit to? We’ve got some easy yet beneficial New Year’s resolutions to make your 2022 healthier, happier, and more productive.

  1. Get moving. Don’t make this harder than it needs to be! The point is to avoid couch-potato habits and opt for activities that will keep you moving. Don’t underestimate the power of a daily outdoor walk for 30 minutes or choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Remember to chat with your doctor before starting any sort of exercise regimen.

  1. Learn something new. Learning doesn’t stop once you’ve finished your formal education. As we age it’s important to keep our brain on its toes, challenging it to the fullest. Make a point to learn something new every day. We’re not talking about becoming a master in a new craft, but simply learning a new word each day or trying out a recipe you’ve never attempted can be enough to not only get those gears turning but possibly discover something that brings you happiness!

  1. Get outside. If you’re from New England then you know how cold it gets this time of year, so we don’t blame you for avoiding the outdoors. But the sun is a pretty powerful health tool that you don’t want to be missing out on! That great ball of fire in the sky actually boosts a chemical in your brain called serotonin, which is responsible for all those good-mood feelings. If getting outside is tough, try working near a big window with plenty of sunlight, or try a light therapy lamp. These lamps mimic sunlight, giving you similar psychological effects as natural sunlight.

  1. Connect with others. These last few years have been trying, forcing us to stear clear of friends and family. Don’t let the Pandemic continue to isolate you. Make a point to become more social in 2022, but still in the safest way possible. Video calling apps are a great way to connect with friends and family and still social distance. Make a point to video call someone once a week to stay in the loop with loved ones. Walks outside with friends gives you an opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and sunlight and still socially distance. Take a trip down memory lane and correspond with friends through snail mail. Hand writing letters is a great way to continue challenging the brain while also giving you the chance to express yourself in a different form.

You don’t need to start your resolutions alone! Our dedicated Caregivers are committed to ensuring that your daily living activities are more manageable so you can focus on other aspects of your life. Learn more about our Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care programs.

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