January 2, 2024
While many seniors aren’t burning the midnight oil and ringing in the New Year at midnight on December 31st, that doesn’t mean that the spark of renewal and enthusiasm to embrace the change in the new year is any less. Many people use the new year as a time to evaluate goals and start new habits. Here are five New Year’s resolutions we think are great for people of all ages.
Eat more fruit and vegetables.
Aim to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Choose a variety with deep colors; think dark green, bright yellow and oranges.
Physical activity is safe and healthy for older adults – even if you have heart disease, diabetes or arthritis. Many of the common conditions improve with mild to moderate physical activity. Daily exercise can help control weight, build muscle and bone strength, and improve your balance, posture, and mood.
Give your brain a workout.
The more you use your mind, the better and longer it will work. Reading is a great choice and easy to do anywhere. Socializing also gives your brain a boost, so consider joining a club or group. Look into your local community college – some even offer free classes for adults over 65 years of age.
Get some shut-eye.
Many assume that older adults need less sleep than younger people, but that is incorrect. Seniors need just as much sleep – at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Avoiding daytime naps and caffeine after 4 p.m. and maintaining a consistent wake/sleep time can help you get restful nights.
The holidays can bring up many wonderful memories, but they are also a time of great sadness for many older adults. Be sure to speak up if you are feeling anxious or sad and those feelings have persisted into the new year. If you experience sadness or anxiety for more than two weeks, make an appointment with your healthcare provider and reach out to your family and friends.