As one year transitions into another, it’s a common practice to set a handful of goals to achieve in the upcoming months. Often resolutions are about creating a better life for ourselves, whether we want to improve our health, social lives, knowledge or something in between. This is an especially important practice to maintain as we age to keep spirits up and our minds striving for new things. Making a New Year’s resolution gives you something to achieve and look forward to and can create an ongoing sense of excitement and confidence. If you haven’t come up with your resolution yet, here are a few ideas to get your 2015 off to a great start.
If your senior living community offers fitness and wellness options, such as walking, yoga, balance and other exercise classes, make a resolution to attend a few each week. If you’re not used to working out, ease into the routine, starting with one class a week and building from there as you feel comfortable. While group fitness activities can be a great opportunity to interact with other residents, getting out for a solo walk around the grounds can be beneficial to your health, as well as a peaceful time for reflection.
To keep your body in its best shape, set goals to eat a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies. Achieving this resolution can be as simple as swapping out a side of French fries for a salad at lunch every couple days or indulging in your favorite dessert once a week instead of every night.
There’s nothing better than enjoying the company of loved ones so why not make it one of your resolutions to spend more time with the people in your life who matter most? Invite friends and family to spend the day with you at your assisted living community. Some facilities have large private dining areas available for residents to use, perfect for celebrating special occasions, such as a grandchild’s birthday or a friend’s anniversary.
Even if you can’t visit with your loved ones in person, there are many ways to connect with them through today’s technology. Stay in touch through email, social media or even video chat. No matter how you spend time together, the important thing is you’re keeping your relationship bonds strong.
Many assisted living communities offer educational, social and recreational programs for their senior residents. Take advantage of these options to expand your knowledge and interests. You may even make new friends based on your new-found hobby! Challenge your mind with brain teasers, games and puzzles, whether solo or with a friend. Learning a new language or adding to your reading list are ways to keep your mind sharp while exploring new horizons.
If you are ready to look into senior living for you or a loved one, the Village at Oakwood assisted living in Oklahoma City provides caring homes for the elderly. Contact us and learn about our individualized services, designed to meet all your needs.