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3 New Year’s Resolutions For Older Adults And Individuals With Mobility Issues

On behalf of the entire LifeCare Mobility Solutions team, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Here’s hoping that, over the past several days, you had the opportunity to be surrounded by loved ones making new fond memories. As we creep closer to the start of 2024, our team would also like to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year. Of course, we’d be happy to be involved in keeping you safe all throughout 2024.

For older adults and individuals with mobility issues, the new year presents an opportunity for you to focus on health, independence and overall well-being. Here are three New Year’s resolutions you should make:

1. “I will prioritize physical activity.”

Physical activity is crucial for maintaining mobility, strength and overall health. Although you may find it challenging, you should resolve to incorporate gentle exercises into your daily routine. We’re talking about walking, swimming, tai chi or yoga. These activities can help improve flexibility, balance and cardiovascular health. By working with a physical therapist or trainer, you can develop a safe and effective exercise plan that suits your abilities and limitations.

“Physical activity can be safe and healthy for older adults — even if you have heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis!” exclaims Health In Aging, “In fact, many of these conditions get better with mild to moderate physical activity. Exercises such as tai chi, water aerobics, walking, and stretching can also help you control your weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance, posture, and mood.”

2. “I will focus on better nutrition.”

A balanced diet is essential for good health at any age. However, it becomes even more crucial when we get older or face mobility challenges. Make a resolution to prioritize nutrition by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains into your meals. Limiting processed foods, sugary snacks and excessive sodium can also have a positive impact on your overall health.

“Have heart-healthy fish, like tuna, salmon, or shrimp, twice a week,” encourages Health In Aging, “Include sources of calcium and Vitamin D to help keep your bones strong, Two daily servings of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese are a good way to get these nutrients. Use healthier fats, such as olive and canola oils, instead of butter or lard. Use herbs and spices to add flavour when cooking, which reduces the need to add salt or fat.”

3. “I will make my home more accessible.”

Creating a safe and accessible living environment is essential for individuals with mobility issues. Evaluate your home for potential hazards and make necessary modifications to improve accessibility. This may include installing handrails, ramps or stair lifts. It’s also important to sweep your home for any obstacles that could pose tripping hazards. By making these changes, you can enhance your independence and reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we offer a wide variety ways to make your home safer and more accessible in 2024. In addition to stair lifts, we provide porch lifts, home hospital beds, home bathroom modifications and many other mobility solutions. To learn all about them, 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! Happy New Year!

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