As the holiday festivities wrap up and you begin looking toward 2019, picking the right New Year’s resolution can help you plan for your happiest and healthiest year yet. And you don’t have to change everything about your life, either – sometimes just a couple tweaks can make the biggest difference. Here at Senior Living Management, we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you pick the perfect New Year’s resolution.
Exercise is important for everyone, but as you get older, it’s even more vital that you keep moving. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, increasing or maintaining your activity levels today can reduce your loss of mobility later in life. Additionally, getting enough exercise can lead to a decrease in mental health issues such as depression and cognitive decline, while also improving blood flow, organ health, and balance. The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. You can start with just 10 minutes each day and work your way up over the next few months.
Learn a New Technology
Trying new things can be overwhelming – and even scary – but technologies like social media and video chatting have the power to connect people like never before. Ask a younger person in your life to show you how to join Facebook or use Skype so you can connect with far away friends or watch your grandkids open presents from miles away. Many senior centers even offer classes in new technologies, so you can learn among like-minded peers.
Organize Your Legal & Medical Documents
It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but making sure all your legal and medical documents are in order can help make things better for everyone down the line. It’s important to make sure your advance directives, will, life insurance, and other documents accurately reflect your current health care and distribution desires, so when an important decision is needed it isn’t delayed by a misplaced document. Consider meeting with a lawyer to go over everything and make sure it’s all legal and up to date.
Exercise Your Mind
Just as physical activity is important to your whole body health, regularly using your mind is essential to keeping it sharp and your synapses firing. According to research by the Mayo Clinic, mental exercise may also help stave off dementia. Simply talking with other people is one way to exercise your brain. Other things you can do include artistic activities like drawing, painting, scrapbooking, and photography. Jigsaw and crossword puzzles are other great brain exercises, as well as card games, chess, and Scrabble. Plus, these are all great activities to do with friends. So reach out to someone in your life and start working your brains together!
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