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. While you’re there, have your doctor or pharmacist review all of your medications to prevent adverse reactions and see if the dosage should be changed or removed completely. 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.
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.
5. Make a Friend or Rekindle an Old Friendship
It’s easy to lose track of friends who no longer live nearby. Still today, there are many ways to rekindle an old friendship or even make a new one. Ask your caregiver or family member to help with finding a phone number, email address or another social media platform such as Facebook or Skype to reconnect with your friend. When engaged in a social function like church, shopping or enjoying a meal, introduce yourself to the person next to you and set up a time to get together for coffee or a snack. Friendships contribute to everyone’s well-being and gives us all something to smile about.
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!