Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors & Caregivers (and how to achieve them)

December 29th, 2011 by @lamberts

Homecare Advocate Blog Post: Top 5 New Year's Seniors & Caregivers Resolutions & How to Achieve Them

Promises, promises.  It’s that time of year again where we stand in front of the mirror and tell ourselves that we’re going to do things better in the new year.  Eat healthy.  Exercise more.  Quit bad habits.  However, so many abandon their well-intended resolutions less than a month out and fall back into default mode.  This year, let’s be different.  Let’s make meaningful pledges to ourselves and stick with it.

How?  The Washington Times recently published 6 key steps to keeping your resolution:

  • “Make your goals realistic and attainable.”
  • “Set both short-term and long-term goals.”
  • “Identify specific steps in your plan to achieve your goal.”
  • “State your intentions publicly, and enlist support.”
  • “Plan what you will do if you slip.”
  • “Celebrate your successes, and surround yourself with others who are on the road to success.”

This new year, Homecare Advocate encourages you make some resolutions of your own and to map out your road to success.  We’ve compiled our own Top 5 Resolutions lists for seniors and for caregivers that we hope you’ll include in your own personal pledge for 2012.

In addition to the Top 5 below, we hope you will also make involvement in civic affairs a resolution of yours.  If you’re reading Homecare Advocate, odds are your life is impacted by homecare and you have a great story to tell.  Our elected representatives need to hear from us and to know the importance of homecare.  Every person counts, and it is an individual responsibility we each bear.  Embrace the freedoms granted to us by our founding fathers to participate in the political process and help shape our futures.

TOP 5 RESOLUTIONS for SENIORS

  1. Exercise your body and your mind. Research shows numerous physical and psychological benefits; plus, this is great preventative care.
  2. Eat nutritious meals. This is the fuel that gets your body through the day; make it count!
  3. Fall-proof your home. Be proactive about your living situation and make it a safer place.  Read our Fall Prevention Series for more ideas.
  4. Get your affairs in order. Gather and organize important documents such as insurance, will, financial information, auto & home.
  5. Increase your social activities and engagement with others.  Visit a senior center or religious group; connect with others and make new friends.

TOP 5 RESOLUTIONS for CAREGIVERS

  1. Make some YOU time. You’ll find that you’re a better caregiver when you’ve had a break!
  2. Learn to say no. Over-committing wears you thin and can lessen the quality of the help you are providing.
  3. Ask for help–and accept it. Get assistance with the caregiving responsibilities, be it from family or a professional company.
  4. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Acknowledge and address your needs instead of solely focusing on the person you care for.
  5. Get educated about your loved one’s illness, disability, or disease.

May you each have a beautiful beginning to the coming year.  See you in 2012!

::AWP::

Special thanks to Laurie Edwards-Tate for Communities at WashingtonTimes.com for her contribution to editorial content.

“The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” –Lao Tzu

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