The New Year is a time for reinvention. No matter your age, it’s a chance to hit the reset button, pursue something new, or even tackle an old goal from a fresh perspective. New Year’s resolutions provide a roadmap to kickstart the new year with purpose, and they can help you hold yourself accountable to your aspirations.
After all, it’s only natural to feel optimism when the clock hits midnight on January 1st. It’s the start of 365 possibilities that lie ahead.
According to studies that track resolutions, 40 to 50 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution – and almost 90 percent of those resolutions fail. But you can be among the 10 percent who succeed. Start by choosing specific, realistic goals (we’ve got eight suggestions for you to pick from). Remember, the key to sticking to a resolution is to be realistic, specific, and flexible – and don’t beat yourself up if you fall behind. Progress, not perfection!
Apply our helpful tips to keep your resolutions going strong all year long:
- Don’t go it alone – share your goals with a friend or relative.
- Set realistic and specific goals.
- Give yourself credit for each small victory.
- Be patient: On average, it takes 66 days to get a new habit to stick.
Resolution #1: Exercise More
You don’t need a fancy home gym or membership to a fitness center to move your body more. All you need is the willpower and the commitment. Having a buddy to keep you accountable helps, too. Work out along with these videos from the AARP. Learn how the body changes with age and the things you can do to increase your longevity and reduce the risk of an accidental fall.
Resolution #2: Volunteer
Volunteering has the power to boost longevity. And it’s good for the community. Giving back to your community can give you a big boost of joy and a sense of purpose. It can also help prevent isolation and depression. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, check out your local library, food bank, animal shelter, or hospital. Sequoia Living’s Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) program is actively recruiting tutors – sign up to become a volunteer.
Resolution #3: Prioritize Healthy Eating
It’s never too late to change your food choices and improve your health. Eating healthier can help you maintain a healthy weight, help you feel better and stay energized, and lower your risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
To eat healthier, focus on reducing salt, sugar, and fat in your meals. Swap out dessert for a fruit or some dark chocolate on most nights. Don’t rely on multivitamins alone – diversify your diet with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, even if they’re frozen or canned. Limit your red meat intake and get creative with protein sources like nuts, eggs, beans, and fish.
For some inspiration, the National Institute on Aging offers sample menus.
It’s all about making small, sustainable changes to your eating habits – no need to go overboard and cut back on all the fun foods!
Resolution #4: Get More Sleep
A good night’s sleep benefits your body in many ways, from improving your heart health to reducing stress and improving your memory and attention span. But as you get older, sleep doesn’t come as easily as it may have when we were younger.
Sleep researchers suggest trying to implement a regular sleep schedule, limiting the use of stimulants like caffeine, sugar, or alcohol. Incorporate a soothing bedtime routine like reading a book or bathing, or making your bedroom a calming space by removing audible or visual distractions.
Want to sleep better? Take a Walk. Research has shown that walking can be a valuable tool for improving sleep quality in older adults.
Resolution #5: Downsize Now
If you’re like most older adults who’ve lived in their houses for decades, you’ve accumulated many possessions. Start letting go of some of those items now so that you don’t have to scramble to downsize when you’re ready to rightsize.
From decluttering tips to expert advice, Sequoia Living’s Downsizing Guide is packed with valuable insights to simplify the process. And the best part? Every new resident receives 10 hours of complimentary Move-In Coordination.
Download your Downsizing Guide now.
Resolution #6: Update Important Documents
If you have a will or trust, living will, life insurance policies, power of attorney, end-of-life instructions, or other legal documents, check them to make sure they reflect your current wishes. If you don’t have any of these, there’s no better time than now to create them.
Planning for the future may not be the most thrilling activity, but it’s crucial for ensuring your wishes are carried out, and the burden on your loved ones is reduced. Estate planning allows you to make important decisions about your assets and legacy while minimizing the stress and uncertainty for those left behind. Don’t delay – learn more about “Estate Planning and Defining Your Legacy” to gain valuable insights and discover how to overcome common obstacles. Take control of your future today!
While you’re at it, gather up other important paperwork – personal medical history, insurance cards, birth and marriage certificates, military records, Social Security card(s), and medication lists – and place them in a safe and accessible spot. Let your family know where they can find them in case of an emergency.
Resolution #7: Check Out Life Plan Communities
Starting your research of Bay Area senior living options? Take the first step in considering what may be available when you’re ready to rightsize. By researching and visiting different communities, you can identify the amenities, location, and atmosphere that are most important to you. Once you have a good idea of your priorities, it’s easier to zero in on the perfect fit. Taking the time to explore your options can lead you to your new community.
Are you looking at retirement communities that only offer independent living? Or would a senior living option that offers a continuum of care appeal to you? Do you want an active retirement community that offers many fitness-focused amenities, like a pool, spa, and fitness center? Or would you rather have activities and programs that engage your mind and intellect? Chances are good you’ll find communities that offer all this – for example, Sequoia Living’s four Bay Area Life Plan Communities, also known as CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities).
Resolution #8: Choose a More Joyful and Healthier Life
Living in an active retirement community like a Sequoia Living Life Plan Community can help you enjoy a more joyful and healthier life.
Senior retirement communities like Sequoia Living keep you connected with others, help encourage physical activity, and engage you in mind, body, and spirit while offering you healthier dining options and eliminating the stress and burden of homeownership.
Add joy and years to your life by creating a fulfilling, joy-filled life surrounded by friends. Experience one of our retirement communities and see yourself thrive. Never Stop Growing at Sequoia Living. Schedule a visit today at one of our Life Plan Communities below!