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3 Great New Year’s Resolutions For Seniors

On behalf of everyone at LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are open today and will be open tomorrow as well. On New Year’s Eve, we will close again and remain closed until our first day of operations in the new year. That will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

There are only a few days left to go until the start of 2022. Have you come up with any New Year’s Resolutions? Here are three great ones for seniors:

1. Pick up an old hobby.

Many people resolve to start new hobbies when the calendar is set to flip over. However, for older adults, there are many hobbies they have already picked up over the years but may have dropped. Bird watching, stamp collecting and knitting are often among them. Endeavour to find a past love of yours and rekindle your relationship with it.

“When was the last time you occupied yourself with a task that was purely for your enjoyment or relaxation?” asks AllSeniorsCare.com, “It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. It could be a daily knitting session. Or you might prefer a weekly game of chess. Some people just enjoy fiddling about with a blank canvas and some water colours, or you could pick up an enjoyable activity that doesn’t require perfection, but rather allows you to free your mind.”

2. Make new friends.

In a pandemic-burdened world, it can be very difficult to meet new people. Modern technology, however, can help for individuals to connect with others. Social media may not be as popular amongst the elderly as it is with youngsters. However, platforms such as Facebook and Instagram can work wonders in helping seniors to not feel isolated. Make 2022 the year when you register a free account.

“Social engagement and participation are especially important for older adults,” says Chartwell.com, “These are linked to better cognition and overall health, and lower risk of depression and disability, reports Statistics Canada.”

3. Protect yourself against falls.

Arguably, there is no more important New Year’s Resolution a senior could make. Slips and falls account for the vast majority of hospitalizations for older adults in Canada. Keeping yourself safely upright, therefore, should be a top objective in 2022. According to AllSeniorsCare.com, one in every three older adults falls each year.

“To help you avoid falls, resolve to exercise: walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility,” recommends the website, “Eliminate items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs. If you don’t already have them, insert grab bars in your bathtub or shower, and install night lights so it’s easier to see at night. Also, ask your healthcare provider to check whether you are taking medications that can make losing your balance more likely.”

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we offer a wide variety of high-quality home bathroom modifications that will help to prevent slips and falls. They include shower chairs, transfer benches, grab bars, walk-in tubs and so much more! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page. Here’s to a safe and happy new year!

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