Top Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults
With a new year comes a new resolve to be better, live healthier and get fit. This is especially important for older adults who may not get out as much as they used to. Add in the pandemic from last year that’s still going on, and it may seem impossible to shed those extra pounds or vow to get healthy.
All the more reason to make some healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2021!
You may roll your eyes at making yet another resolution that will go by the wayside come February. However, consider that those resolutions can actually extend your life. Resolutions are essentially goals, and with a goal comes purpose. One 2019 study of Americans between the ages of 50 and 60 found that having purpose can actually extend your life.
The study explored the connection between mortality and purpose. Those without a strong purpose in life were twice as likely to die during the study period, regardless of gender, income, race or education. Purpose, in fact, has been found to be even more essential for longevity and quality of life than cutting out alcohol, quitting smoking and exercising daily.
That said, here are some of the top healthy New Year’s resolutions for seniors. And remember, you’re not alone. Whether you’re a senior or a caregiver, you can get a push with these resolutions from senior home care services.
This is a no-brainer but it still deserves mention. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and low-fat dairy into your diet. Get assistance with meal preparation and grocery shopping from senior care services so you can make the best decisions possible.
Yet another traditional resolution, getting more exercise is a critical part of aging. Physical activity is essential for older adults, especially those with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes. Many conditions, in fact, improve with regular mild to moderate exercise! You don’t have to run a marathon to get fit. Try yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, stretches and short walks – all of which can help control weight, build muscle and bone mass, and boost posture, balance and even mood, says HealthinAging.com.
Cut Back on the Alcohol
Excessive drinking can lead to depression, an increased risk of falls, difficulty sleeping, interaction with medications, and other health problems. For older men, the recommended limit is 14 drinks per week and for older women, seven per week.
Toss the Cigarettes
Smokers are two times as likely to get heart disease as non-smokers. Quit smoking and you can drastically reduce your risk of a whole host of health problems, plus you’ll have more energy, you’ll breathe easier, and you’ll sleep better.
Get More Sleep
From pain and nighttime urination to restless leg syndrome and daytime drowsiness, there are many common disorders associated with sleep in seniors. It’s a myth that the older you get, the more sleep you need. Seniors still need a good eight hours of solid shut-eye, but this can be challenging when you consider multiple medications that can throw off your sleep, the tendency to take naps during the day (making it harder to fall asleep at night), and natural changes in circadian rhythms as we age.
So, are you ready to make those New Year’s resolutions with your health in mind? We can help.
Contact Preferred HealthStaff
Let Preferred HealthStaff help implement some healthy changes for your senior this year! To learn more about our at home care services, such as meal prep or companionship, please contact us toll free at 866-943-9791 or in Fairfield 717-642-8500.