New Year’s resolutions are a way to start off the New Year right. Usually, they have to do with improving ourselves. Whether it is to lose weight, exercise, learn a new skill, etc. More often than not, the resolution only lasts a few weeks or a couple of months. Here is an easy “Resolution List” specifically designed for seniors, to make their lives fuller!
- Become involved with your local Council on Aging (COA) – The local COAs are an amazing source of information, help, and recreation for seniors. You can paint, do puzzles, join a support group, play BINGO, do yoga, have lunch, etc. The best part is that you are with people your own age in a safe and friendly environment.
- Eat healthily and exercise – We know that sometimes it is hard to cook for one, but you can freeze extras. Or better yet, invite a friend or a family member over. Remember to exercise. Consider joining a walking club or a gym.
- Go out more – Go see a movie with your church group, visit local galleries, or take a bus tour for a day trip with a senior travel group. There are plenty of free places that you can explore with a friend.
- Ask for help – Is it hard to climb stairs, wash windows, or do laundry? Get some help to do your housekeeping or any tasks that are just not possible anymore. It is better to get help than to hurt yourself. Hire a landscaper who can cut your grass, rake your leaves, and shovel snow. You will be glad that you did.
- Out with the old – Go through your house periodically to get rid of things that you don’t want or no longer use. Donate them to a charity, give them to a family member or just throw it away! A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, get rid of it.
- Become tech savvy – Ok so maybe tech-savvy is a stretch but learn how to use the computer. You can email family and friends, join a social network like Facebook, shop online, watch the news and so much more. You will find that it isn’t as hard as you thought and much more fun than you expected!
- Keep your mind active – We have all heard the old saying, “a rolling stone gathers no moss.” As simple as it sounds, it’s true! Learn a new skill at a craft store, COA, or at an adult education class. Join a book club. Volunteer at a local charity, library or school. You can also impart some of your wisdom on someone else! Teach your grandchildren to knit, play piano. Think of all the memories you will be making!
- Get a personal safety device – This is so important if you live alone. Seniors are prone to falls so it provides peace of mind for you and your family who may not be able to get to you quickly if they live far away.
And last but not least…
9. Visit an Elder Law Attorney – Make sure you have all your important documents in place! Everyone needs a Health Care Proxy, a Durable Power of Attorney, a HIPAA Release, an Advanced Directive, and a Last Will and Testament. Don’t put off our estate planning. Having things in place for your family is the best gift you could give ever them, and it gives you peace of mind! Call our office at 508-994-5200 to see one of our estate planning specialists that will listen to your needs and guide you to reach those goals.