New year's resolutions that are just for over 50s? You bet!


Post by: Eastlands Estate, 18 Jan 2018

Happy 2018! Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead!

Speaking of the new year, you know what that means – resolutions! By now you know the drill all too well: 1 January rolls around and you greet the day with a long list of well-meaning intentions, everything from eating healthier to finally sitting down and getting to all those books on your “To Read” list. But by the end of the month, few resolutions have been achieved and even fewer remain on your list. And that’s if you even bothered with a list at all!

Research from the University of Scranton in the US shows about half of all adults make new year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.

So, is there really any point? Well, for older adults, yes. As you age, you may need to adjust your lifestyle a little and increasingly keep an eye on your health. Drawing up a list of resolutions can help you do just that.

We trawled the sites of a number of top international care organisations to see what new year’s resolutions they recommended for older adults, and have rounded up the top five resolutions here:

Get active

Regular physical activity in older adults can reduce your risks for cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and high cholesterol. If formal exercise classes are not your thing, simply make regular walks part of your daily routine. Regular brisk walking has been linked to improved gait and balance; better sleep; a positive mental state; lower stress, depression and anxiety; and is even believed to help delay the need for long-term care. Aim for 150 minutes of brisk walking each week.

Go for regular health checks

Even if you feel on top of the world, it’s important that you regularly get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked, and go for the appropriate health screenings for your age (i.e. hearing, vision, PAP smear, mammogram, prostate etc.)

Adopt a healthy diet

You were right to include healthy eating on your resolution list. This is a very important area for older adults, as a healthy, balanced diet could help delay the onset of non-communicable diseases, like heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The easiest way to do this is to eat five vegetables and/or fruits every day, aim for a ‘rainbow of colours’ on your plate, and reduce your salt, sugar and alcohol intake.

Laugh more!

Laughing is believed to ease stress, lower blood pressure, and boost the immune system and, according to Swiss research, is associated with a more satisfying life. With your kids out the house and more time on your hands, make every effort to have more fun. Relax, enjoy your life, visit friends and family, join hobby clubs, dance in your living room, go to the movies…whatever you do, do it with joy!

Make friends with technology

A 2010 study showed that seniors were the fastest growing demographic on social networks. If you like the idea of reconnecting with old friends, keeping up with the grandkids, or just finding out more about special interest groups or hobbies that you love, then Facebook, Instagram and even YouTube might just appeal to you. Getting tech savvy also allows you to more easily use important health-related devices, smartphones and the latest TV gadgets – all very necessary in our increasingly tech-focused society.

Other top resolutions that also made popular seniors’ lists included practicing more positive self-talk; volunteering at charities for children, the elderly or animals in need; getting more sleep; decluttering your home for improved health; updating your legal documents (including your living will); and tackling your bucket list.

 

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