5 New Year’s Resolutions To Make: The Seniors Edition

5 New Year’s Resolutions To Make: The Seniors Edition

Most people treat the New Year as a fresh start, setting a variety of personal goals for optimum health, wellness and productivity. Although New Year’s resolutions are made with good intentions, they are often unrealistic goals and soon broken by springtime. Many seniors enjoy their daily routines and can benefit from these 5 easy and senior-focused resolutions that will allow them to take small steps towards a better self in the New Year.


  1. Take a walk every day, even if it’s short.

Just 20 minutes of physical activity a day, such as walking, can reap huge health benefits. According to AmericanTrails.org, seniors can decrease risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more just by staying active. Join or start a walking club at your senior living community with friends to get the added health benefits of staying social at the same time!


  1. Skip dessert or opt for the sugar-free option.

Just like here at Southgate at Shrewsbury, many senior communities now offer restaurant-style dining, and with this comes the opportunity to choose from a variety of sweet treats to satisfyingly end each meal. Even seniors who consciously watched their diet for years may become comfortable with eating dessert after dinner each night, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain and risk of high blood sugar. In the New Year, make an effort to skip dessert a few times a week, or choose the sugar-free option instead for better health.


  1. Visit or write your grandchildren.

The art of a handwritten letter isn’t lost just yet! If you can’t get out to visit your grandchildren due to locality or mobility reasons, try starting a pen pal system with them. Seniors who stay connected with family and friends are more likely to feel content.


  1. Rekindle or find a hobby.

Whether it be painting or coin collecting, many seniors forget about hobbies they once enjoyed for hours on end. Use the fresh start of the New Year as inspiration to get back to one of your favorite pastimes, which will conjure many good memories. Southgate offers weekly classes in activities such as knitting, painting, yoga, line-dancing, bridge, poker, and plenty of other activities to enjoy. Take it a step further and turn your hobby into community service, which may bring you great purpose. Do you love knitting? Try knitting newborn caps for babies at a local hospital, or gloves for children at a local family shelter.


  1. Volunteer.

Experience a sense of purpose and satisfaction by helping others in need. There are endless opportunities for volunteering these days, be it a local food shelter or simply visiting with a less mobile senior. You don’t have to embark on a month-long fundraising mission to make a difference. Volunteering can be as simple as visiting with a new or shy senior in your community who might appreciate a friendly face.