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5 New Year's Resolutions for Seniors


With the new year right around the corner, it’s time to think about what New Year’s resolutions you’re going to undertake in 2023. These goals don’t have to be as lofty as visiting Machu Picchu or writing a book. Instead, stick to the basics and look for easy, simple changes you can make to brighten up your own life and the lives of your loved ones. Brightwater Senior Living has provided a list of some possible New Year’s resolutions you can undertake as a senior.

Eating Healthier

One of the classic New Year’s resolutions, eating better, becomes even more important as you grow older. Instead of setting broad goals like “eat less” or “eat healthier,” think of specific changes you can make to your diet, like replacing your eggs with egg whites, replacing potato or corn chips with whole-grain pretzels, or eating more leafy greens at mealtimes.

Connecting More With Family & Friends

Even if it’s not easy for you to get out and see more distant family and friends, modern technology has made reconnecting easier than ever. Go through your contact list and resolve to pick up the phone and give a relative or old friend a call or send an email. You could also write a physical letter. Any type of communication you endeavor is sure to be appreciated.

Getting More Exercise

You don’t have to jog five miles a day to get the benefits of exercise. A daily half-hour walk around your neighborhood or senior living community is a great place to start. If standing or walking is difficult for you, try looking into seated exercises for a lower-intensity option.

Taking Up a New Hobby

Not all New Year’s resolutions have to be about improving health or relationships. If you are the type that is always thinking of others, set aside time to indulge in something that’s just for you. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language or take up knitting or crocheting, make it your goal to get started. You’ll be surprised at how fun it can be to learn something new.

Making a New Friend

Start hanging around your local library or community center, look for book clubs or pet owner groups, or attend community-wide events if you live in a senior community. You’re likely to meet a kindred spirit and make a new friend that will liven up your year.

We hope these resolution ideas were able to give you a good starting point for how to shape your own goals for the new year. For more information and suggestions about senior living, check out Brightwater’s blog.

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