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4 Resolutions Seniors Can Make for 2016

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

The New Year is almost here, and that means it’s time to make a few resolutions for 2016. If your senior loved one is looking to improve his or her overall wellbeing in the coming year, here are a few suggestions from Home Care Assistance New Hampshire.

1. Find Something to Be Thankful for Every Day

Some days may seem overwhelming and exhausting for seniors dealing with chronic health issues, loss of independence, and more. So even if it’s silly or small, find one thing every day you can be grateful for like a smile from a stranger, having your kids live nearby, or a good cup of coffee. Share these with your family, friends, and your caregiver in New Hampshire and ask them to participate in this resolution with you.

2. Start an Elder Wisdom Circle

Elder Wisdom Circles provide confidential advice to younger people who need your experience and guidance. You can answer on your own or be part of a group answering the questions. If you don’t want to start one on your own, check with your local senior center to see if they have one in place or find one online to join.

3. Take Up Tai Chi

Beyond regular cardio sessions, take steps to improve your flexibility, strength and balance, all of which will keep you moving longer and help you avoid slips and falls. Tai chi is easy to modify for seniors with poor range of motion, doesn’t require equipment, and can be done just about anywhere. Most senior centers offer tai chi classes, but you can also find guided videos online as well.

4. Write

Consider journaling to help process thoughts and emotions, especially if you’re facing a new diagnosis or chronic illness. Journaling can also help quiet the mind and lead to better sleep quality.

If journaling isn’t something you’re interested in, write to your family. You can jot down things you want them to know or share with generations to come, family history you’ve been wanting to share, or recipes to be handed down from generation to generation. Writing letters to family and friends can also help you feel more connected, even if they aren’t nearby.

If your senior loved one is committed to a happier and healthier 2016, let Home Care Assistance help. Our expertly trained caregivers can run errands, grocery shop, provide mobility support and transportation, and offer emotional support. Care is available on a part-time or live-in basis, and we offer stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care for seniors in New Hampshire. To learn more, give us a call at (603) 471-3004 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.