As the New Years draws near, resolutions are being made across the nation. While staying physically fit and enjoying a healthy diet are two resolutions that always top the resolutions list, those are things that we always encourage here at Home Care Assistance Lincoln. As a result, we wanted to take the time to offer a few resolutions for seniors that are a little out of the ordinary, but are sure to bring joy and happiness in 2014.
Make a bucket list
A bucket list is a record of achievements and experiences you would like to accomplish in your lifetime, big and small. Whether your bucket list has five entries or five hundred, write down the fun and meaningful things that will bring you satisfaction and try to achieve as many as you can in the New Year. In fact, in Write It Down, Make It Happen, author Henriette Anne Klauser says that “Writing triggers the RAS, which in turn sends a signal to the cerebral cortex: ‘Wake up! Pay attention! Don’t miss this detail!’ Making a bucket list is great for older adults as it engages the mind, and provides a list of things to try to accomplish in 2014.
Friendships and relationships are vital for senior citizens, and every single day provides an opportunity to tend to them. Make a resolution to connect with someone every day, or even once a week. From making a phone call or sending an email to an old friend or colleague to waving to your neighbor or having a conversation with someone at the grocery store, the gesture will be appreciated and returned. While it seems small, making the effort to stay connected with those around you can really go a long way in combating feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Be happy and express gratitude
Psychology research has shown that the experience and expression of gratitude is strongly associated with increased happiness. So resolve to say “thank you” more often. Tell your aging friend, close family and caretakers that you appreciate them and everything they do. Express gratitude for the little things and that gratitude will bring you greater happiness.
Give yourself permission
This small point ends our list, but can mean something different for each and every individual. It’s okay to give yourself permission. To smile. To enjoy. To explore new hobbies. To travel. To want something. At Home Care Assistance, we’re always encouraging our senior clients to get out there, to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Take the New Year to give yourself permission, and enjoy each and every minute of your golden years.
If your or an aging loved one need a little bit of extra help in achieving your New Year’s resolutions, contact Home Care Assistance at 402-763-9140 and learn about our hourly and live-in care plans in Lincoln. With the support of our highly-trained and compassionate caregivers, you’ll be on the road to crossing off everything on your bucket list!