New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Adults
You are never too old to start a New Year’s resolution. At the start of the new year, many people across the world chose different positive practices to begin. Many of these practices are to change an undesired trait, accomplish a goal, or improve ones’ life overall. For aging adults, some of these resolutions can reflect on healthy goals mentally, physically, and spiritually. In this blog post, you will find different ideas for your New Year’s resolution.
One of the most common aging adult goal is to start eating better types of foods. This includes consuming more nutrient foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, beans, and nuts. Focusing on eating healthier in the new year can help with sugar problems, heart issues, or even the growth of your overall health.
Making a point to do physical activities is another resolution that will help your overall physical health. Some easy activities that you can start may include gardening, going on regular walks, or doing some of these exercises at home: LINK.
In many of our previous blog posts, we have mentioned how important stimulating your mind is, especially among older adults. Starting and finishing a new book, joining a club, meeting virtually with friends, cooking/baking, completing crossword puzzles, or jigsaw puzzles are all ways to keep the mind stimulated. Some examples of different ways to stimulate your mind can be found on these Pinterest boards: Puzzles; Activities; Easy Recipes.
Another resolution that can be easy to accomplish is engaging in crafting or painting. Creating pillows, decorations, or gifts for family members can stimulate your mind, help you with your fine motor skills, and make you emotionally feel better about accomplishing something meaningful. See our Pinterest board for some ideas: Crafts.
Spiritually, you can virtually attend many masses, classes, bible study, or rosary. On YouTube, you can find many local, national, and international churches that host live and recorded daily mass and weekend masses. St. Tobias in Brockway virtually streams mass each weekend. Here is there YouTube Page: LINK
Having some sort of resolution in the new year is important. It allows for everyone to feel as if they have some sort of more meaning within themselves. Resolutions are also a way we can feel better about ourselves for accomplishing tasks and reaching goals.
Now is a great time to think about different ways we can better ourselves in the new year, especially for aging adults. So, in 2021, what are your goals? What do you want to change within yourself? Do you have a project you have wanted to complete but haven’t got to it, yet? Do you want to become more active in the church? What do you feel you haven’t been doing as much of but want to do more of? These are all great questions to ask yourself when choosing a New Year’s resolution. When you ask yourself these questions, which one makes you get excited the most inside? That one is the resolution you are most likely to achieve. Although 2020 hasn’t been the most predicted year, make 2021 your best year, yet. One way to make sure it is your best year, is to start it off on a great path with a New Year’s resolution.
Christ the King Manor prays your goals are achieved in 2021 and New Year’s resolutions are met. God Bless all staff members, residents, and their families during this holiday season.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Author: Dominique Martino, M.A.
Title: Director of Marketing and Communications