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Senior Scene® | January Issue
Everyone participates in New Year’s resolutions. What are some good resolutions for seniors?
New Year’s resolutions are a good way of incorporating good habits into our daily lives. For seniors, it’s an opportunity to promote healthy living. Below are some ideas of resolutions to help seniors improve the quality of life.
Resolution #1 – Create a safer home environment
Falls are the number one reason for hospitalization for
an injury among seniors, so working to prevent falls is a good resolution to adopt this year. Create a safer home environment by installing equipment around your home to make daily life easier & safer. Grab bars in the shower & bathtub will give you extra stability in your bathrm.; install nightlights for dark hall- ways to make walking around safer; clear clutter & chords from pathways to ensure safe walking areas; & buy socks or slippers with grips on the bottom for more stability.
For more suggestions on how to create a safer home environ- ment, get an assessment from a local homecare agency. Resolution #2 – Pay attention to your changing needs
before adopting any type of exercise program, but exercise has many advantages to offer. It builds muscle, making you more stable & balanced; it encourages good cardiovascular health; & it combats emotional distress & improves mental health. If it’s taking a walk down the street or spending more time gardening, carve out some time to be more active. Resolution #4 – Have the conversation
If you haven’t already  lled out an advance directive, make a point to do it this year. It’s important to talk to your loved ones about your end-of-life care wishes. Having the conversation with them now before a health crisis occurs will alleviate unnecessary stress & anxiety for your family mem- bers in the future.
Resolution #5 – Check in on your numbers
It might have been a while since you’ve last had a check- up or gone to your physician. Checking on blood pressure & blood sugar numbers are easy ways to oversee your health. It’s important to get a baseline for yourself so you can mon- itor this throughout the year. Even if you feel healthy, make
it a habit to periodically undergo blood pressure or blood sugar checks in order to be proactive for any future health concerns.
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The daily needs of older adults may change as you age. Keeping up with everyday responsibilities, like household chores or driving, may have once been easy tasks but now pose to be more challenging. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help either from family members or professional caregivers. It’s important to acknowledge that in order to be able to live safely & independently at home, you may need to employ the ser- vices of companions or home health aides in order to accom- plish this.
Resolution #3 – Move more
Exercising more is a common & bene cial resolution for people of all ages. Of course, you should always consult a physician
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