With 2014 fast approaching, we thought we’d give our senior readers and their families a few ideas for fun, simple and somewhat unique resolutions for the upcoming year. While health and fitness resolutions often top the list for individuals of all ages, those are things that Home Care Assistance of Toronto promotes throughout the year! So in addition to being mindful of your diet and trying to exercise on a daily basis, here are some easy-to-accomplish New Year’s resolutions that offer a handful of benefits to senior citizens.
- Engage your brain with a new activity. Mental stimulation is an important component of staying happy and healthy with age. Keep your mind engaged by participating in cognitive health activities. In addition to crossword puzzles and memory games, try something new such as enlisting in a college language class, join a book club or look for fun trivia games on the computer or even on a tablet device such as an iPad.
- Declutter your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a little more than a third of adults over the age of 65 suffer a fall each year. While staying fit and active are great ways to improve your balance to prevent falls, throwing away or donating some of your unused possessions can make the home a safer environment. The less you have in the way, the less likely you are going to experience a trip or fall!
- Call a friend at least once a week. With age, we sometimes let relationships with close friends and loved ones fall by the wayside. Make it a New Year’s resolution to call one of your old friends at least once a week. Not only does regular social interaction with peers help combat loneliness and depression, your friend will likely enjoy hearing from you to chat about what’s new in your life. Have friends and family that live far away? Consider meeting with a companion caregiver in Toronto to share stories and enjoy activities with.
- Volunteer for a good cause. Following retirement, some seniors feel as if they’re not needed any longer and yearn for responsibility. Check with your local organizations, community program or church to see if they need volunteers. Your loyalty, work ethic and spirited nature are all characteristics that can benefit your community and you can feel good knowing you’re doing what you can to give back.
Have a resolution that you would like to incorporate into your day to day life? Contact Home Care Assistance of Toronto at 416-488-8777 and speak with a Care Manager. Available 24/7, we can help you create a senior care plan that is focused around your personal goals for 2014.