1. Gain Health for 2016
Health is a huge concern for many older adults. With the rising cost of healthcare and the rising cost of medications and medical services now is a good time to be as healthy as possible. After all, it is never too late to gain health. Healthy individuals have more energy to enjoy life.
So, what kind of options are available for those who want to gain health?
- Exercise such as walking has a low impact on joints, but a high impact on health. Walking is not only free, but it burns about 100 calories for every mile that you walk.
- Swimming, such a laps or water aerobics, also offers a low impact and high fitness option.
- For residents in Independent Living communities, such as Lexington Square, you have access to a health and wellness center, which even includes exercise physiologists!
2. Be more Family Oriented
One of the top resolutions for seniors is to make a bigger effort to talk to a family member every single day. So, here are some simple tips to keep in touch with family:
- Don’t be afraid to bug them! Make the effort to stay in touch with hard to reach family members.
- Remember there are a ton of ways to keep in contact. Send cards, write letters, telephone, or surprise the great grandchildren with your savvy text messaging.
3. Be more active on Social Media
Social media is hugely popular, and sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter make excellent ways to keep everyone appraised of your actions. If you do not know how to use social media, get tips from your family members, or you can talk with the activity director at your independent living or assisted living center. Ask them to put together a class that helps everyone learn to be a pro at social media.
4. Be a Better Person
Many people this year are focusing on their actions. One of the biggest messages on Facebook is that “It costs nothing to be a better person.” There are many things that you can do to be a better person, here’s just a few:
- Read to people! Did you know that there are over 32 million Americans who cannot read? Be a hero and teach someone to read.
- Don’t Know where to start? Check out The Chicago Literacy Alliance, and participate in a Literacy Night in your neighborhood. <– Don’t forget to snap pictures and them post on social media!
- Teach someone something that makes their lives easier. Something like 70 percent of young people have no idea how to sew a button or repair a seam. There is a great need for people who know how to do everyday things to teach those skills to the younger generation.
While the 2015 year is nearly over, this shortlist is full of a year’s worth of betterment. Which of these resolutions are you putting on your list for 2016? Let us know in the comments below.
Interested in additional information? Download our free guide “5 Ways to Stay Active in Retirement” … and just in case you thought we’d forgot to say it… HAPPY NEW YEAR!