If you are a senior or have a senior friend or family, you know how hard it can be to set, and achieve, a New Years Resolution. Once we reach a certain age, we become set in our ways, both mentally and physically. However, research by the National Institute of Health shows that certain types of accomplishments are good for our brain, body, and soul.
Here are a few attainable goals for the New Year for seniors of any age.
1- Learn something new every week. Pick a topic - dolphins, cars, or even sunflowers - and dedicate the week to learning everything you can about that topic.
2- Start (or re-start) a hobby. Playing an instrument, needlework, painting, woodworking. Anything that gets your brain and body moving is a great choice!
3- Volunteer. Older adults who volunteer report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and greater well-being.
4- Play more. In the immortal words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing boosts your energy and vitality and can even improve your body’s resistance to disease.
At Danbury Senior Living, we know that these can be challenging, that’s why we are committed to helping our senior friends and family live their best lives! Call today to learn more. Happy New Year!