Christmas has passed and I have enjoyed celebrating both our Spanish traditions and starting new ones. We celebrated my moms 70th birthday and find that as the year unwinds, the New Year is arriving ever so quickly and resolutions for the New Year come to mind. No matter our age, we all have the typical ones: lose weight, keep in close touch with family, exercise and be healthy. Here are some fun suggestions to meet those resolutions and create new ones for seniors and their families.
Healthy eating...Join forces with a family member or friend and set a telephone date to plan low calorie menus for the week. To add a bit of fun, talk on speaker phone as your preparing your meals, share preparation shortcuts, have some laughs and hold each other accountable.
Keep in touch with family...I was watching that TV show where celebrities find out their heritage "who do you think you are" and someone came across a journal from their great grandmother. So why not purchase a journal book and write a letter to a child or grandchild. Give them the journal and they write a letter back in the same journal. At the end of the year you have a wonderful history of correspondence and may have even started a new tradition and created a stronger relationship.
Exercise...We all know doing this come and goes . As we get older, the gym is not where we want to be. However, walking is just as great. Did you know the general rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound person. If you don't want to go it along, grab a friend in the neighborhood or your community and plan a daily walk, maybe you can lead a group in a new walking program. The benefit of a community; rain doesn't stop you, you can walk the lobbies and hallways. I myself am going to commit to 3 miles a days with Beau my 2yr old lab mix.
New traditions can include get technically familiar with programs such as Skype. Webcams conversations once a week or once a month with family adds excitement when getting to have a face to face conversation or meeting new family members. You can look back at my article in December for a tutorial on setting up Skype.
Plan to age and stay in control of your life...ask yourself the difficult questions. How long will I live at home alone? Will I or we elect to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community? If I have a fall and need to move to an assisted living, what community will I live in? Take a note pad, write down your thoughts and discuss with your family to plan ahead or perhaps you want to hire a senior transition company like Silver Roots that can aid in the selection process of a community. Your Silver Roots Ambassador can help with planning, downsizing, moving and even selling your home when your ready or in intervals as you plan for your future.
Wishing you all a blessed and happy New Year.