As 2015 draws to a close, it is time again for all of us to reflect on where this year has taken us and what direction we want to take our lives in 2016. New Years is a time for many to make resolutions on the goals they want to set and the habits they want to form and the habits they want to change next year. For seniors, making an effort to change certain habits can be crucial in improving the quality and length of their lives. Every year into retirement, it is a good idea to think about ways to protect and better yourself. Great New Years resolutions for seniors can extend beyond those stereotypical self promises to quit smoking and lose weight.
Here, we will list some of the most beneficial New Years resolutions for seniors, regarding taking measures to guard your heath, improve your relationships, and enrich your senior years:
Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish
As an elder, it is still important to make healthy eating choices. Some good resolutions for seniors may be to include more dark green vegetables as side dishes, prepare less fatty meats for dinner, or reduce the intake of carbs in bread choices.
Sometimes you won’t have the resources or the appetite to eat as much as you should to get the nutrients you need. This year, you may decide it is best to start taking vitamins to give your immune system a boost. Calcium and Vitamin D are excellent for keeping bones strong to prevent any damage from accidents around the house.
Do your best to stay active
Finding ways to exercise as a senior is important for maintaining a healthy heart, good metabolism, resilience and strength. While heavy lifting and hard running may no longer be options, there are still plenty of ways for seniors to stay active. This year, you may resolve to take more walks, begin some tranquil exercises like Tai Chi, or make a habit of stretching.
Guard against falls
Late into the retirement years, falling presents a greater threat to one’s health, and it is important to think about taking measures to prevent them as much as possible. This new year, good resolutions for seniors may include trying to improve the safe guards at home to prevent falls in slippery areas like the bathroom.
See your doctor regularly
Making routine visits to the doctor becomes more important with age. Scheduling a complete physical at least once per year can be beneficial for detecting any of the early signs of trouble. There may be new developments that may call for alterations with your medications. Vaccines, hearing and vision tests, as well as check ups for colon or breasts cancer are important for seniors to keep diligent on their health conditions.
Get more rest
Older adults need just as much sleep as younger people, a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep per night, for healthy functioning. Daytime naps may complicate the sleeping cycle, making it harder to get a full night’s rest. So try to coordinate a routine that is best for your sleeping habits.
Speak up when there are any signs of problems
It may be wise to choose someone close to you to be your confidant for any unusual symptoms you may be experiencing. Many elders feel that their problems might be burdensome to bother others with, but just know that your family loves you and wants to be there to hear about anything going on with your health.
Sometimes, problems start small and may feel unimportant at the time, but it can be helpful to address any strange symptoms early. Responding to the symptoms of dementia or any physical discomforts can lead to early detection and help you get better treatment and preparation for any concerning health developments.