With only a few days left in 2022, we’re all preparing ourselves to have a better year in 2023 than we did this past year. It’s a common tradition to create New Year’s Resolutions. Generally speaking, we all have desires to improve our lives. Of course, this goes for seniors as well. In what ways can you help the elderly loved one in your life to have an amazing 2023?
Here are three New Year’s Resolutions for seniors:
1. Eat nutritious foods.
Many of us are guilty of having a sweet tooth. As well, many of us are guilty of being fast food junkies. In 2023, it’s definitely wise for older adults to fix their poor eating habits. Needless to say, better nutrition promotes better overall health. It’s important to consume nutrient-rich foods and a lot of water to keep hydrated. As Oregon’s Caring Places Management points out, you need to consume fewer calories but more nutrients as you age.
“Your health care provider can help you make better food choices, but, ultimately, you should strive to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day,” informs their website, “Choose whole grains over refined ones and lean meats over fatty options. Use healthier fats, such as olive or avocado oil, and cook with natural spices to reduce salt and fat intake.”
2. Quit smoking.
No matter your age, this is a New Year’s Resolution that is a practical must. There are literally zero health benefits to smoking cigarettes. You certainly don’t need to be reminded that they are cancer-causing. As a senior, you likely can’t do anything worse for your health than to smoke. Simply put: quit it. Make 2022 the last year you inhale the horrifyingly dangerous nicotine and other toxins contained in cigarettes.
“It’s never too late to quit smoking,” encourages Caring Places Management, “Regardless of your current age, quitting now can reduce your risk of developing several health problems and improve your overall quality of life. For instance, individuals who quit smoking claim to have more energy, sleep better, and breathe easier.”
3. Make your home safer.
Most older adults could use a little extra help with getting around their homes safely. As we’ve long championed, it’s vital that your home is free of tripping hazards. Be sure to clear all walkways of obstacles, tuck away wires and push furniture closer to the walls. As well, keep your home well-lit. A brightly illuminated house is an important safeguard for individuals with vision impairments. Finally, invest in the appropriate mobility solution for your elderly loved one.
“Is your home conducive to aging well?” asks Wisconsin’s Luther Manor, “The way your house is set up can have a big impact on your health as you age! Risks to evaluate include the fall hazards, adequate lighting, and the need for assistive devices.” Their website lists such in-home fall hazards as blocked walkways, cluttered high traffic areas, loose rugs, wrinkled carpets, food prep spills and the stairs.
At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we offer a wide variety of high-quality mobility solutions and home bathroom modifications that will help to make your home a safer place for seniors. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page. Here’s to a safe and happy new year!