Help Your Senior Set Realistic Resolutions in the New Year

New Year’s can be a hard time for seniors. Not only is it winter and more often than not, they are stuck inside from the cold, but it’s also a reminder of another year gone. However, it’s also a good time to think on the positive side and help your elderly loved ones set their own resolutions to empower themselves to lead a healthy, more active, and enhanced lifestyle. 

Here is a list of some of the things that can help your senior have a better outlook while helping themselves:

  • Encourage your senior to eat a well-balanced diet with healthy servings of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats. 
  • Enjoy just a few minutes a day of physical activity. If they aren’t ready to use our pool or fitness center, a walk around the facility and some simple stretching can go a long way toward keeping them active.  
  • Encourage your senior to meet more people by engaging in our facility events or volunteering in the community. When older adults form social connections, they are healthier and feel better about themselves. 
  • It’s easy to collect clutter. Look at the new year as a chance to declutter and organize in their apartment. Removing clutter and enjoying the treasures can lead to valuable conversations and memories you won’t get anywhere else.
  • Inspire your senior to tell their story. It could be as simple as writing down their thoughts, building a family tree, or writing their memoirs to be able to pass on to the family so that those valued experiences and memories are never lost. 

Keeping Your Resolutions Going All Year Long

It can be difficult to keep resolutions going all year long, especially for seniors when their health, medical needs, or other factors can get in the way. Working on resolutions together with your loved ones can help. The ‘buddy system’ works. Studies have shown that people are more likely to meet their goals when they share them with someone else. Accountability is just what they need sometimes. Sit down and come up with goals together and as the year goes on, be sure to check in with them to hold them accountable where you can help them with setbacks and difficulties if they need it. You can be their biggest cheerleader.

Start small. Help your senior set small, manageable goals. No matter how simple the task, being successful and achieving a goal will help boost your senior’s confidence and will encourage them to work toward their next goal.

A healthy senior living lifestyle is an important part of helping seniors stay positive, and at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating a lifestyle of wellness, fun daily activities, and a welcoming, friendly community. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.