senior new years resolution

2019 is almost here! Can you believe it? It seems like yesterday that we were all trying to scheme up our New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Whether you stuck to those last year or not, we have some great ideas on how you can be successful in your resolutions this year!

1) Rekindle a Former Friendship – It isn’t always easy to keep in touch with friends who you might not see frequently. However, with all the technology nowadays, it makes it so much easier to reconnect with old friends. Using Facebook, other forms of social media, sending an email, or simply making a phone call are all great ways to meet up with an old pal. Try to reach out to old friends this New Year and schedule a get together, they will undoubtedly appreciate it!

2) Explore Volunteer Opportunities – Not only is volunteering a fantastic way to benefit the community, but it also benefits your physical and mental health. There is no better feeling than helping out someone in need. Another benefit of volunteering is that you may meet some great people, who share the same morals and values that you do. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, help out the community, and benefit yourself along the way.

3) Spend More Time with Grandchildren – I think all grandparents would say that spending quality time with loved ones is one of the most beneficial and special things in life, especially your grandchildren. It is easy to fall into a habit of only getting together on special occasions, especially if a grandchild is busy with school, sports, and work. Give an effort this New Year to spend more time with your grandkids, even if it is something as simple as going out to lunch every couple weeks. Here are some less traditional, yet extremely fun and rewarding activities for grandparents and grandchildren alike.

4) Exercise More Often – In older age it often becomes difficult to exercise regularly. This may be because of physical limitations or even just lost motivation to stay fit. Exercising regularly is very important in maintaining good physical and mental health! Even if it is just for 10-15 minutes a day, studies show that exercising daily comes along with countless physical and mental benefits. HelpGuide gives a fantastic breakdown of these benefits, tips for working out, as well as common myths about exercising in older age.

5) Revive an Old Hobby – You may have a hobby that you used to be all in on. Something that gives you nothing but joy and happiness. That is what the holiday season and the New Year is all about. Don’t be afraid to break out the fishing rod, sewing kit, or some old collectables this New Year!