Achieving goals can help to bring peace and a sense of pride, which is why it’s a good idea for the elderly to continue to make and work towards goals. If you provide care for an elderly relative, then you should encourage them to make a New Year’s Resolution for the year ahead. Here are a few ideas of goals and resolutions they might want to set for 2018.
Focus on health
A lot of people set New Year’s Resolutions to improve their health, whether that’s losing weight or training for a marathon. While these won’t be major concerns for seniors, resolving to focus on their health can still be important. Maybe they need to stop smoking or be a little more active. A 10-minute walk each day helps to improve health and mobility.
Get tech savvy
The world of technology is advancing faster than most of us can handle, and it’s even more difficult for seniors who have lived most of their lives without smart technology. Improving their understanding of the latest tech won’t only give them a sense of pride but could also make their lives easier and help them stay in touch with friends and family.
Update/create legal documents
Legal documents such as a last will and testament and power of attorney are important to have in place for the future, even earlier on in your adult life. If someone under your care does not have these documents, or if circumstances have changed that might need updating in these documents, then this is an important New Year’s Resolution to set.
Talk about or plan for their future
Seniors should still be looking ahead to the future to help with their sense of purpose and to keep up their spirits and motivation levels. Making plans and talking about these with other people can do wonders for the mood of elderly people who are prone to bouts of depression.
Spend time with family
Seniors are prone to loneliness, so setting a goal to spend more time with family can help them through this. Elderly caregivers can help with this goal by arranging more family gatherings and inviting family members over.
Ask for help when needed
While achieving these goals can bring a sense of pride, seniors shouldn’t be too proud to ask for help when they need it. If an elderly family member is known to try to do everything themselves, then help them make this one their New Year’s Resolution.
As an elderly caregiver, you should also make your own resolutions to look after your own health in the year ahead. If you need any assistance caring for senior family members, then contact us to find out how we can help. We support seniors and their caregivers around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.