Activities for Seniors | December 28, 2023
The countdown to midnight is almost here, signalling the start of a new year and the opportunity for a fresh start. Have you thought about what your resolution for the New Year will be? Resolutions are not just empty promises, they provide us with goals and purpose in our lives. In fact, research shows that having a sense of purpose can even slow down the aging process. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older adults with a strong sense of purpose tend to have better hand grips and walking speeds, which are indicators of how rapidly people are aging.
So, don’t let your resolution get brushed under the rug. Take the time to reflect on what truly matters to you and make it a priority in your life. Write it down and let your thoughts solidify your resolve. This simple act can make a big difference in your overall outlook on life and help you enter the new year with a positive attitude.
1. Bring More Joy into Your Life. Want to make this year a happier one? That’s a fantastic goal to set for yourself! But how can you achieve it? Well, there are plenty of ways to bring more joy into your daily life. Here are some suggestions you could try:
2. Consider Healthy Eating Goals
After indulging in holiday treats, many individuals make a resolution to “eat better” in the New Year. If you’re planning to revamp your diet this January, keep in mind that as you age, your body needs nutritious foods but fewer calories. Aim to incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats into your meals. Make it a goal to have at least five servings of colourful fruits and vegetables each day. Opt for lean meats like chicken or turkey instead of fatty cuts. Additionally, try to include heart-healthy fish in your diet a few times a week.
3. Rediscover an Old Hobby
When was the last time you dedicated time to an activity solely for your enjoyment or relaxation? It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. It could be knitting daily or engaging in a weekly game of chess. Some individuals find solace in experimenting with watercolours on a blank canvas, while others prefer an activity that allows them to unwind without the pressure of perfection. Find an enjoyable hobby that allows you to free your mind and embrace it in the coming year.
4. Keep Your Mind Active
It’s important to keep your mind stimulated and engaged. Just like physical exercise, regular mental exercise is crucial for your brain’s health. You can try learning something new through online classes, joining book or movie clubs, or even joining a photography group. Lifelong learning helps build cognitive reserve, which is your brain’s ability to handle stress and challenges.
5. Stay Active
As we get older, it’s common for exercise to take a backseat. However, it’s never too late to get back into a routine. Start with manageable expectations and aim for a short workout time, like five or ten minutes. Choose an activity that you enjoy, such as going for a walk or dancing to your favourite songs. The key is to get your body moving and take the first step towards achieving your fitness goals.
6. Prevent Falls
Falls are a common concern for older adults, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Regular exercise, like walking or using an elastic band, can improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. Make sure to remove any tripping hazards in your home, like throw rugs, and consider installing grab bars in your bathroom. Additionally, having night lights can help improve visibility at night. It’s also a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure that any medications you’re taking don’t increase your risk of falling.
Wishing you a healthy and joyful 2024 from the entire team at Prince George Comfort Keepers! Let’s make this year wonderful and filled with happiness!