Great New Year’s Resolutions to Make with Your Elderly Loved One

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The New Year is all about getting a new start, and it may be a good idea to come up with some New Year’s resolutions with your elderly loved one. Healthy resolutions can be beneficial,
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particularly for seniors that require elderly care. With a few good resolutions, you can work together to prevent injury and illness in the coming year. Here’s a look at some great New Year’s resolutions you can make together to improve your senior’s quality of life.

Resolution #1 – Increase Physical Activity

One great resolution to make for the coming year is to increase your elderly loved one’s physical activity. If your loved one is already active, consider making a resolution with him to begin a new physical activity. You can always ask your in-home care provider for some great suggestions that will work for your senior’s health and level of mobility. Just a few of the benefits your senior will enjoy when increasing physical activity include:

  • A sharper memory
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased bone density

Resolution #2 – Get Involved in Cognitive Health Activities

Mental health is just as important as their physical health, but many seniors and their family caregivers overlook the importance of mental health. Make a resolution with your loved ones to ensure they keep their mind stimulated and engaged in the New Year. Some great activities that help stimulate cognitive skills include Chinese Checkers, Scrabble, Chess, Puzzles, reading, or even taking a language class.

Resolution #3 – Start Eating More Fresh Produce

It’s easy to simply throw together processed foods for a quick meal, but this can be a problem for seniors that need good nutrition. Make a promise together that you’ll work to eat more fresh produce this year. You and your elderly loved one will see a huge difference in the way you feel and look, and it’s not difficult to add more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet.

Resolution #4 – Schedule Routine Checkups

As seniors age, they have an increased risk of developing illnesses and other complications, including osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and multiple other medical problems. Make a resolution to schedule routine checkups and ask your elderly care provider to help you to remember to follow through on this resolution. Regular checkups are essential for the early detection and prevention of multiple medical problems.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services near Lakewood, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

 

Source
http://www.therapists.com/guides/cognitive-activities-elderly
http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/850491/5-anti-aging-new-years-resolutions-for-seniors

http://www.hoag.org/Hoag-Medical-Group/Blog/pages/post.aspx?PostId=44

http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/checkup.htm

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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