A new year is traditionally the time when many of us set new goals, and seniors are no exception! In fact, about 60% of people will set a new year's resolution for 2021. As we age, our goals will likely change, but the tradition of setting goals remains exciting and fulfilling as we challenge ourselves to become healthier, more intelligent, and better individuals that serve our communities.
Setting resolutions and goals can also be beneficial for our health. Studies show that seniors who regularly set goals and view life with a sense of purpose are 2-4x times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Setting goals maintains independence and can slow the aging process as well. With all of those benefits, here are a few resolutions to add to your list from our expert community leaders at Maple Brook Terrace Independent Living Community in Greenville, South Carolina.
There are few things in life that are more fulfilling than giving to others. Consider volunteering for your local library, museum, or welcome center for your community to give tours, offer advice, or read to children. Studies show that older adults who volunteer often show lower rates of depression, increased physical fitness, lower mortality rates, and overall greater well-being. Offering time to your community can also provide you with a sense of purpose and allow you to meet new people of all ages.
Technology is ever-changing in the modern world, but that does not mean that we cannot try to keep up with it! As we head into the new year, we challenge you to learn one new piece of technology every week. Start with the basics like learning how to use your cell phone or trying out a smart TV. Then, as you feel more confident, you can broaden your technological horizons to include things like a digital camera or learning new settings on your computer! This is a fantastic way to challenge your brain, keep your cognitive skills sharp, and learn some ways to make your life easier using technology.
It is never too late to take better care of yourself! Staying physically active is important for everyone, but particularly for seniors. When our schedules become less busy, we sometimes forget to prioritize staying active. Consider adding a virtual or socially distanced exercise class to your schedule in the coming weeks and see how you like it. If you find that yoga, karate, or Zumba is not your style, try another class until you find one that you love. Do not give up; there are plenty of options out there that are bound to get you feeling your best!
This past year was the year of social distancing and staying separated from family members, but we have high hopes that 2021 will be better! In the meantime, we recommend that you spend as much time with your family members as possible, even if it is virtually. This also relates to learning new technology, one of the first things you can learn is how to video chat.
Maple Brook Terrace has beautiful grounds that we would love to show you! If you are a current resident of ours but are feeling like you might not have a grasp on everything we have to offer, we would love to give you another tour and show you all the amazing amenities that we offer. If you are not a current resident but are interested in learning more, be sure to reach out to us. We are currently conducting safe tours of our community and have safety regulations in place to make sure that we are all staying safe and healthy.
After you have set your resolutions, make sure you write them down and share them with friends and family. This will help you stay accountable and inspire your peers to set goals, too.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Maple Brook Terrace, contact our friendly team today.