Make Your Resolutions a Reality

Author

American House Florida

For more information about the author, click to view their website: American House

Posted on

Aug 01, 2023

Book/Edition

Florida - Sarasota, Bradenton & Charlotte Counties , Florida - Southwest

Share This

Though the past couple years have brought challenges, it’s refreshing to know that seniors are heading into 2023 with improved standards of living, hygiene and new medical technologies. Not only are people living longer, they’re living better. Today’s seniors are exploring healthy lifestyle choices, furthering education, pursuing passion projects and even new careers. One of the best times to make positive life changes is at the beginning of the year, a time for self-assessment, fresh starts and possibly one or more New Year’s resolutions.

At American House, we provide the blueprint for a more positive lifestyle through our mission, Living Well Is Being Well™, which promotes whole-person health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit. Our brain health, wellness and enhanced mindfulness programs, along with engaging activities and events, benefit your overall well-being and can play an important role in helping you live your best life and meet your goals.

BE SMART!

To help define your goals, consider a goal-setting guideline known as SMART. Used in business, the guide has been adapted for seniors to employ in their own lives. Framing your resolutions within the SMART system will help you craft better goals and increase your chances for success. Weigh your resolutions against the following:

Simple: Create a goal that has just one step or creates one small change in your daily life.

Maintainable: Choose something that enhances or builds on a healthy habit you’ve already established.

Age-appropriate: Make sure it will serve you well as you continue your life story.

Realistic: Understand your abilities and limitations.

Tailored: Work with your health care and wellness teams to align your goals with your unique needs.

GET STARTED. SET YOUR GOALS.

It’s always best to begin goal-setting by writing things down. Start thinking about your overall well-being. How are you enriching your own mind, body and spirit? Think of what you would like your year to look like, what you may want to do that is new, or what you would do differently. What will make you proud of yourself in the coming months? Here are some resolutions to consider as you head into the new year:

Update essential documents.

Keeping documents current is an important to-do item that often gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of every day. Consult trusted family and advisors and tackle those living wills, end-of-life wishes, financial documents and medication lists.

Eat healthier.

Eating well is important, no matter your age. But the definition of healthy eating does change a little with age. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before. Your body also needs more of certain nutrients. Consult with your doctor to help you create meal plans that promote your good health.

Exercise more.

In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties and improve cognitive function. Check out your local gym or senior center and ask about fitness classes and make your health a priority.

Commit to using one new piece of technology.

Technology changes so fast and it can be a challenge to keep up. Choose one new technology to learn this year. A tablet is a great place to start and will help you connect with family and friends throughout the year.

Start downsizing and decluttering.

Perhaps your goal may be to simplify your life. Many seniors have lived in their homes for decades and have many prized possessions. Speak to your family members to distribute items you no longer use. Donating to charitable organizations is also an option. It’s time to rally the people in your life who can help you get organized.

Make your happiness your priority.

Take a long hard look at your day-to-day life and ask yourself, “Am I happy?” At American House, our maintenance-free lifestyle allows you the time to focus on you. With our robust calendar of engaging events and activities, you can explore new interests and stay healthy and active while building rich, lasting friendships.

Explore senior living options.

If you’re deciding if a senior living community is the right choice for you, do your research. Write down what you want in a senior living community and invite family and friends to tour communities with you. What amenities will you need? What kind of location do you want to live in? Your best life awaits in 2023, so get it started today!  

MAKE RESOLUTIONS PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE.

Once you’ve embarked on your New Year’s resolutions, stay SMART and focus on the positives. Celebrate the progress you’ve made along the way, small or large. Stay upbeat and draw on each and every accomplishment when you’re feeling challenged. Some guidelines to help make those goals realities include:

  • Know your “why” behind your goal.
  • Rid yourself of negative thoughts and think positively about your achievements.
  • Break large goals into smaller, more achievable, goals and celebrate each time you hit a smaller goal.
  • Set weekly appointments with yourself or a trusted friend to take an honest look at your progress.
  • Don’t be discouraged by shortfalls, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving in the direction of your goals.
  • Place yourself in an environment that encourages you to succeed.
  • Tell people about your goals and let them help you on your journey.

At American House, we believe the engagement of the mind, body and spirit will provide you with a lifestyle that is interesting, fulfilling and rewarding. It will give you the opportunity to focus on your overall well-being—in a place where your happiness and wellness matter.

Our charming communities feature spacious apartments and a variety of amenities and services. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, weekly housekeeping, salon and barber shop services, fitness centers and so much more. With locations in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio and Tennessee, you’re sure to find the proper level of care and services to fit your needs.

We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care*, Respite Care and Hospice Care*.

Contact us to find out which American House community is right for you.

 * Care provided by an independent, third-party health care provider at select communities.

Other Articles You May Like

Stay Limber and Healthy: Daily Stretches for Seniors

Maintaining flexibility becomes increasingly crucial for overall health and well-being as we age. Regular stretching can help seniors enhance their range of motion, improve posture, and reduce the risk of injuries. In this weeks Living Gracefully blog, well explore a series of simple and effective daily stretches tailored to seniors unique needs. These exercises can be easily incorporated into a daily routine to promote mobility, flexibility, and a more active lifestyle.                Neck Stretches: Gentle neck stretches relieve tension and promote good posture. Seniors can start with simple neck rotations and tilts. Slowly move the head from side to side, and gently tilt the head forward and backward. Hold each stretch for about 15-30 seconds, being mindful of discomfort and avoiding sudden, jerky movements.Shoulder and Upper Back Stretches: Seniors often experience shoulder and upper back stiffness. To alleviate this, try shoulder rolls and seated spinal twists. These stretches can improve flexibility and reduce the risk of developing muscle imbalances. Remember to breathe deeply and relax into each stretch.Arm and Wrist Exercises: Maintaining strong and flexible arms is crucial for daily activities. Wrist circles, bicep curls, and triceps stretches can help seniors maintain strength and arm flexibility. These exercises can be done while sitting or standing, making them accessible for individuals with varying levels of mobility.Chest Opener: A chest opener stretch helps counteract the natural tendency to hunch forward, which can occur with age. Seniors can perform this stretch by interlacing their fingers behind their back and gently lifting their arms while squeezing the shoulder blades together. This stretch enhances chest and shoulder flexibility.Seated Leg Stretches: To improve flexibility in the lower body, seated leg stretches are effective and safe. Seniors can perform seated hamstring stretches, ankle circles, and knee-to-chest stretches. These exercises help maintain flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles, promoting better mobility.Gentle Yoga or Tai Chi: Consider incorporating gentle yoga or tai chi into your routine. These activities combine stretches with mindful movements, providing a holistic approach to maintaining flexibility, balance, and mental well-being. Many community centers offer senior-friendly classes.Balance Exercises: Incorporate balance exercises into your routine to prevent falls and enhance stability. Simple activities like standing on one leg or walking heel-to-toe can be effective. Always ensure safety by having a stable surface nearby for support.Daily stretches are crucial in maintaining and improving flexibility for senior adults. Incorporating these gentle exercises into your routine can help alleviate stiffness, enhance mobility, and improve overall well-being. Before starting a new exercise program, consult with a healthcare professional, and always listen to your body, modifying stretches as needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.At Grace Management, Inc., our communities provide wellness opportunities to fit various needs. Are you interested in learning more? Head over to the communities page on our website and find a community near you.Its not like home. It is home.

The Essential Role of Socialization for Senior Citizens: Enhancing Well-Being and Quality of Life

As individuals advance in age, maintaining an active social life becomes increasingly vital for their overall well-being. Socialization, often overlooked as a crucial component of health, holds profound benefits, particularly for senior citizens. While physical health receives considerable attention, the significance of social engagement cannot be understated, as it positively impacts mental, emotional, and even physical health outcomes. In this article, we delve into the manifold advantages of socialization for senior citizens and underscore its indispensable role in enhancing their quality of life.1. Mental Stimulation and Cognitive HealthEngaging in social activities stimulates cognitive function, promoting mental acuity and preserving cognitive abilities. Regular conversations, intellectual discussions, and participation in group activities challenge the mind, potentially reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Social interaction encourages seniors to stay mentally active, enhancing memory retention, problem-solving skills, and overall cognitive performance.2. Emotional Well-Being and Mood EnhancementSocialization fosters emotional support networks, offering seniors companionship, empathy, and a sense of belonging. Meaningful connections with peers alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, which are prevalent concerns among older adults. Sharing experiences, laughter, and emotional support with friends and acquaintances create a nurturing environment that bolsters emotional resilience and promotes a positive outlook on life. Moreover, social engagement acts as a buffer against stress, anxiety, and depression, contributing to enhanced emotional well-being.3. Physical Health and LongevitySurprisingly, socialization can have tangible effects on physical health and longevity. Active social lifestyles often correlate with healthier habits, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adherence to medical regimens. Additionally, social networks provide avenues for recreational activities such as dancing, walking groups, or sports, promoting physical fitness and mobility. Studies have shown that socially connected seniors tend to have lower rates of chronic diseases, reduced inflammation, and even enhanced immune function, leading to a longer and healthier life.4. Sense of Purpose and Meaningful EngagementMaintaining social connections gives seniors a sense of purpose and involvement in their communities. Volunteer opportunities, participation in clubs or religious organizations, and mentoring younger generations offer avenues for meaningful engagement. Contributing to society and feeling valued for their knowledge and experiences reaffirm seniors' sense of identity and self-worth. These activities imbue life with purpose beyond retirement, fostering a fulfilling and satisfying lifestyle.5. Cognitive Reserve and ResilienceSocialization contributes to the development of cognitive reservethe brain's ability to withstand neurological damage and age-related decline. By continually engaging in social interactions, seniors build cognitive resilience, enabling them to adapt to challenges and maintain mental agility as they age. The diverse cognitive stimuli provided by social engagement help preserve brain structure and function, mitigating the effects of aging and reducing the risk of cognitive impairment.ConclusionIn conclusion, socialization is not merely a recreational pursuit but an indispensable component of healthy aging for senior citizens. Its multifaceted benefits encompass mental stimulation, emotional support, physical well-being, and a sense of purpose, all of which contribute to an enhanced quality of life. Recognizing the significance of social engagement, communities and caregivers must facilitate opportunities for seniors to connect with others and participate in meaningful activities. By prioritizing socialization, we can empower older adults to lead fulfilling, vibrant lives well into their golden years.

The Importance of Senior Nutrition

GOOD NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION FOR GOOD HEALTH.A combination of proper nutrients and exercise can help prevent a variety of chronic diseases. Throughout the aging process, bone and muscle mass is lost as metabolisms change. Due to the unique nutritional needs of seniors, taking the proper measures to provide wholesome, healthy foods is key to avoiding malnutrition and disease.NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SENIORS Though seniors often have lower calorie requirements, they may need more nutrients than younger people. As we age, our ability to absorb nutrients from our food becomes less efficient. Creating a plan with a health professional, such as a dietician, can help seniors age with optimal nourishment.Nutrient-Dense Meals and SnacksUnderstanding the key nutrients for seniors, such as lean protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamin D can result in healthier plates. Whole grains and dairy products both provide a boost to a seniors daily nutrition goal. Hearty soups are popular, as they are easily chewed and can provide vegetables, protein, and grains in a single bowl.Hydration, Hydration, HydrationSome seniors begin to lose the sensation of thirst, which may lead to dehydration and difficulty digesting meals. Sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit juice with added sweeteners should be enjoyed in moderation. Low-fat milk helps to hydrate and also provides key nutrients, such as protein, potassium, and calcium. Calorie Intake Seniors who find themselves struggling to consume enough calories each day should consider switching to full-fat milk and adding healthy fats and oils to boost calories. Nut butter and avocados are ideal and spread easily on toast or as a standalone snack. Dietary Supplements When NeededDepending on the seniors health, supplements may be recommended. One example is many seniors are prone to calcium and Vitamin D deficiency, which affects bone health. Supplements may help with deficiencies and can in the form of a daily meal-replacement shake or chewable vitamins and minerals. Focus On VarietyHealth experts encourage people of all ages to eat the rainbow. By filling a plate with diverse, colorful options, appetites increase and mealtime becomes more stimulating. Encourage variety to avoid the boredom associated with repetition.WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELPAt Celebration Villa of South Hills, we believe in providing practical tips to help ensure that our senior residents obtain proper nutrition. If unintentional weight loss has occurred, its important to visit a doctor to ensure there are no underlying medical causes. A doctor can provide a referral to a dietician, who is best equipped to build a personalized plan to promote a nourishing eating regimen tailored specifically for our residents.We understand that seniors who have recently experienced the loss of a spouse or a close friend are prone to loneliness, which can escalate to a depressive state. This makes it difficult for our seniors to cook or feed themselves, even if theyre otherwise independent. Thats why, at Celebration Villa of Teays Valley, we encourage all families to check on their loved ones. You can support them by providing healthy meals or accompanying them out to eat to encourage conversation and enjoy a hearty plate together.Within our senior living community, we provide nutritious meals each day, and there is a strong sense of social belonging built around eating together. We take great care to ensure that each resident is meeting their personal nutrition goals. Our dedicated team works closely with licensed nutritionists to create a menu of wholesome, healthy, and delicious meals that cater to the unique needs of our seniors.