It’s that time of year again – time for New Year’s resolutions! According to Forbes, some polls estimate that 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, while just 8% succeed at keeping them. We pulled together a list of beneficial and realistic New Year’s resolutions seniors can make, and keep!
1. Update or Create Your Legal Documents
Documents like your will, power of attorney, health care proxy, and advanced directives are important documents to have in order, especially prior to an emergency situation, when they are needed most. If you already created these documents, it is good to review them to make sure that your wishes have not changed. If you haven’t created these documents, reach out to your attorney for directions on how to get this process started.
2. Get a Check-Up
Set-up a well-visit or physical with your doctor just to make sure your health is in order. Preventative medicine is often the best medicine!
Decluttering can feel overwhelming when you start out with a large project. We suggest starting small – pick just one drawer or shelf in a closet each week to clean-out. Toss expired or broken products, or donate well-loved items that aren’t needed anymore. Taking it one drawer or shelf at a time can make decluttering feel much more manageable.
4. Review Your Medications
Have a doctor or pharmacist review and reconcile your list of medications to make sure that none of your medications have adverse reactions or effects when taken together. If you see multiple doctors who are all prescribing medications, sometimes a medication can be missed or overlooked, so reconciling your medications is important for safety.
One of the most common reasons for falls among seniors is dehydration. Seniors often forget to drink water. Staying hydrated is extremely important for any age, but especially for seniors. Start small by adding just half of a glass of water at each meal, and work your way up from there. Add in a piece of lemon or cucumber for flavor if you feel plain water is too bland.
There you have it – our suggestions on attainable New Year’s resolutions that can have a lasting impact. From our Happier at Home family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!