It’s a new year, and that means new “resolutions” or lifestyle changes for many. What better time than the present, to commit to your own well-being and health. Do you care for an aging loved one? If so, they’re depending on you to be and stay healthy. While you’re learning some good habits for seniors, you can keep an eye on yourself, too.
The journey will be more fun with a loved one than if you did it all by yourself. It will also be easier to encourage your loved ones if they see you adopting healthier habits right along with them.
Every Day, Learn Something New
This can be something as simple as a “New Word A Day Calendar”. Maybe you would prefer a “Jeopardy” calendar. The whole purpose here is that every day, you learn at least one new thing.
When You Need Help – Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
For some reason, people frequently hesitate to ask for help when they need it. It’s time to get past that. Don’t be too proud, don’t be ashamed – just get the help or assistance you need, whether it’s learning how to use a computer, reaching for something on a high shelf, or asking for a ride to an appointment.
Work As Long As You Can (in Some Manner)
If you haul furniture for a living, you may not be able to do that well into your 60s or 70s. What we are referring to here is keeping as engaged and active as possible, for as long as possible – both mentally and physically. “Work” doesn’t have to mean what you did for a living when you were younger.
The older a person gets, it seems, the harder this can become – and for some, it’s already difficult. Here’s the thing… the more open-minded you are, the less what’s happening around you will bother you.
Be willing to accept some things and people as they are.
Seek out Support (When Needed)
If need be, there are numerous resources for all kinds of support. Both in-person and online, numerous support groups exist and are relatively accessible through an online search.
Bring a “Brown Bag” to Your Physician
To ensure the efficiency and safety of the medications you’re currently taking (or a loved one is taking), on the next physician visit, pack a brown bag full of over-the-counter and prescription medications that are currently being used. Have the doctor check them.
Remember How Much the Simple Things Matter
“It’s the simple things in life.” Take the time to appreciate a sunrise or sunset. Listen to the birds outside your window. Listen to the stories your loved one tells –over and over. Don’t miss a single moment, because in a second, it can all be gone.
Sleep in Appropriate Amounts
From mood management to metabolism to memory, the key component of a healthy mind and body is getting enough sleep.
Try to Establish Serenity
Both physical and mental deterioration can be experienced if fear and anxiety are regular problems. Practicing meditation, mindfulness, etc., can help achieve a state of mind that is more relaxed and mellow.
Be As Active As Possible
Being physically active is imperative to good mental and physical health. Even if it’s at a low impact, low energy level – exercise as much as is appropriate for your capabilities/limitations.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth
If you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums, they can and will be responsible for other health ailments. Be sure to get regular checkups with your dentist and take care to brush, floss, etc.
Stay Socially Active
Thanks to the coronavirus and its variants, it can be hard for some individuals to be socially connected. Discover the joys of Internet “Zoom” meetings and chat rooms. You can even conduct a book club, movie club, etc. through group zoom/conference meetings – which are free.
Use of Imagination Where Your Meals Are Concerned
Don’t be afraid to have an adventure. Explore culinary pursuits. Experiment with high-end epicurean delights, various cultural cuisines, and more.
If you have a large house, and you’re planning on moving to a retirement community or a smaller home, this can be one of the most important things you do. There’s no time like the present to get organized.
Remember – You Are Your Own Best Friend and Ally
No matter how busy your day might get, always make sure to make time for yourself. Your mental and physical health take precedence over all others. That can be very hard for some people to accept – but it’s imperative.
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Through numerous health and wellness programs, a calendar full of social activities, and nutritious but delicious meals served in a fine dining atmosphere, a healthy way of living can be realized as your loved one ages.