Saturday, 1 February 2014

New Year Resolutions For The Elderly

Making New Year’s resolutions is the easy part. Sticking to them can be more difficult.

Those who choose to put their resolutions into action must maintain the momentum to keep these promises throughout the remainder of the year. As we get older our New Year’s resolutions often change.

We may choose to become more active, exercise more regularly, eat a little healthier or become tech-savvy.

Get old gracefully

Despite what many may think, growing old certainly has its advantages. Our bodies may change, we may become susceptible to a few more wrinkles and our hair may get slightly greyer. Yet to many, all of these characteristics are beautiful.

However, in order to age gracefully, it’s important to pursue a healthy lifestyle. This means eating well, staying active and ensuring regular contact with your nearest and dearest.

If you want to make sure you do all these things in 2014 then here are some resolutions you can try:

· Set yourself a weekly exercise regime that focuses on problem areas

· Join a social club to integrate yourself into the local community – set yourself the challenge of trying something new if you feel adventurous

· Control your diet more carefully by setting yourself targets on how much fruit or vegetables to eat or what foods to cut out of your diet entirely

· Contact family members regularly to stay in touch – setting up fortnightly or monthly calls or Skype sessions can be a great idea here

Improve your home

When it comes to home improvements, many will find that they put these amendments off month after month. This is when deciding to make such improvements part of your New Year’s resolution plans is a good idea. When renovating or revamping, it’s important to have a plan in place and a definite idea of where each improvement is to take place and here are some resolutions to try:

· Install the likes of curved stairlifts, a new conservatory or a new bathroom to make getting around your home easier

· Identify areas in need of a makeover and set yourself a reasonable budget to get the work done

· Adjust the height and position of furniture and units around your home to increase mobility

Embrace technology

Almost everyone in this day and age owns some sort of tablet, laptop or smartphone. Such devices pose as great tools when it comes to staying in touch with friends and family around the globe but not all elderly people feel comfortable using them. It’s important to remember that such technologies can help the elderly stay independent and these resolutions could help you embrace technology this year.

· Enroll on a short computer course to teach yourself the basics

· Invest in a new mobile phone to stay in contact with friends and family members and to provide peace of mind when you’re out and about

· Learn to Skype and schedule regular Skype sessions with your nearest and dearest to make the most of your skills

· Research the different apps available for elderly users and find a whole host of ways to improve your lifestyle

Exercise your mind

Keeping our minds active as we get older is a must and is just as important as physical exercise. These resolutions can all help you achieve that:

· Write a daily or weekly journal to collect your thoughts and keep your brain active – you can always upload it to an online blog if you want to practice your technology skills too!

· Complete daily crossword puzzles or other brain stimulating activities each morning and evening

· Play brain training puzzles and games on entertainment devices to keep your brain occupied and improve your understanding of modern technology.

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