Creating a list of yearly resolutions may be a simple task for some; however, achieving all those goals may be a much harder task to accomplish for adults 50 and older. According to an online report in Statistical Brain, published Jan. 1, 2017, adults 50 and older are less likely to achieve their yearly resolutions than younger adults in their twenties.
For yearly resolutions to be effective, older adults should identify realistic goals that meet some their changing health and safety needs.
The following are six goals seniors and family caregivers can incorporate into a yearly list of resolutions:
Schedule yearly health tests and screenings
Increase physical activity and exercise opportunities
Reduce fall risks at home
Upgrade alarms and communication devices to meet changing needs of older adults
Exercise the brain by participating in new and challenging activities
Increase social interaction
To be effective in achieving yearly resolutions, older adults need to match goals to their own changing health and safety needs. Writing resolutions down and revisiting these to evaluate and make improvements will help individuals stay focused and take ownership. Don’t give up!
Should you need assistance in caring for a loved one in the coming weeks, and would like to inquire about our home health care services, give us a call at (407) 628-4357. We will be glad to schedule a meeting at a time that is convenient for you and your family. Senior Helpers of Orlando provides Alzheimer’s care and home health care services in the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
Happy New Year!
Ana P. De Lane
Senior Helpers of Orlando Team Member
References and Resources
News Years Resolution Statistics; Statistic Brain; http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/Geriatric Assistive Devices; American Family Physician; http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p405.htmlSenior Safety: Updating Adaptive Phone Devices and Alarm Systems to Meet the Needs of Older Adults;http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/senior-helpers/os-senior-safety-updating-adaptive-phone-devices-and-alarm-systems-to-meet-the-needs-of-older-adults-20160226-story.htmlASL: American Sign Language-Courses; Valencia College; http://catalog.valenciacollege.edu/coursedescriptions/coursesoffered/asl/