Healthy Goals for Seniors in the New Year
January 4th 2023
The New Year is here; it is the time to reflect on the past year, what this year has taught you, and look forward to this upcoming year. In considering your goals for the upcoming year, make sure you choose attainable goals that will enhance your quality of life. Although each individual will have their own goals, here are some healthy and positive ways to refocus your energy.
Be Active – this year, commit to being intentionally active for at least ten minutes a day. This can be as simple as a walk around your community, a water aerobics class, or intentional stretching. It is important that you do an enjoyable physical activity so that you will look forward to it each day.
Physical activity is safe and healthy for seniors. Many conditions improve with consistent, intentional physical activity. Consider talking to your primary care physician about what activities will help you best.
Sleep – As you age, it is important to aim for nine hours of sleep each night. Getting the right amount of sleep helps improve your health, including your memory and immune system
Many seniors struggle to fall and stay asleep. To get better sleep, try to avoid screen time and caffeinated beverages before bed, and stay active during the day to tire yourself out.
Eat Well – Seniors need to consume fewer calories but more nutrients. As you age, it is important to begin eating more nutritious foods and make more considerations about what you are eating. Talk to your primary care physician about diet and nutrition and see what they recommend for you as you age.
Socialize – Did you know that social engagement is linked to better overall health and cognitive function in seniors? Make it a goal this year to participate in community social activities and actively avoid loneliness this year.
Exercise Your brain – Regularly challenging your mind as you age is a great way to reduce the risk of memory loss or developing dementia. It can be as simple as reading every day, completing the daily crossword puzzle, or trying a new hobby that keeps your mind occupied.
This new year, focus on healthy goals that will improve your day-to-day life. Be intentional in setting your goals.
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