One of the traditions that seem to come with the ringing in of a new year is the making of New Year’s resolutions. That tradition might just be beneficial for older adults as well. In this article, we will explore 6 reasons older adults should make New Year’s resolutions. We will also give you a few ideas of resolutions you may want to consider for 2023.

Just because you didn’t make a resolution to ring in the new year, doesn’t mean you can’t take some time now to make a few. In fact, resolutions – or goals – can be made any time of the year. Resolutions can be serious – lose weight. Or resolutions can be fun – make new friends!

6 Reasons Older Adults Should Make New Year’s Resolutions

In case you’re wondering whether older adults should make resolutions, and if you’re stumped on what yours could be, here are a few to consider.

  1. Look for an active adult or senior living community in which to live. Many seniors find themselves alone because their loved ones have moved away or passed away, and being isolated can lead to depression. When you move into a senior living community like Baldwin House Senior Living in Michigan, you won’t have to be alone.
  2. Make new friends. When you live in one of our communities, you will be surrounded by caring staff and senior adults – who, just like you – are looking to socialize, take trips and make new friends.
  3. Getting more active. Resolve to engage in more physical activity this year. Whether you walk around your neighborhood or with a mall-walkers group, join your neighbors at Baldwin House to stroll the halls or participate in our many fun activities, you will feel better and be healthier.
  4. Eat a healthier diet. When you eat fewer processed foods and more fruits and vegetables, you will feel better and healthier. If you don’t want to cook your own meals, you can enjoy the delicious meals the staff at Baldwin House provides for its residents. Even if you’re resolving to be healthier, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the occasional sweet treat or glass of wine!
  5. Keep your brain healthy. To help keep dementia or Alzheimer’s disease at bay, your doctor may recommend brain activities. Those could include reading, working on crossword puzzles or putting together puzzles. If playing games on the computer is something you enjoy, look for games that challenge your brain!
  6. Try a new activity. There is no time like a new year to try something you’ve always wanted to do. Learn to paint. Take up crochet or knitting. Why not participate in a woodworking class? If you’ve always wanted to learn to dance, now is the best time! Hobbies, learning something new and enjoying a new activity with friends are great ways to get physically fit, keep mentally agile and keep isolation at bay.

Remember, resolutions don’t have to involve major life changes – unless you’re making a move into one of our senior living communities! When you’ve made your resolution, write it down and display it someplace prominent so you will be reminded of it and motivated by it!

Visit a Baldwin House Senior Living community near you and ask about our active adult living options and the activities we plan for our residents. Baldwin House Senior Living is built upon the strong foundation of guiding families and empowering seniors.

Baldwin House combines care with compassion and dignity. We offer families peace of mind and give seniors who call Baldwin House home the freedom to live their very best lives. Call us today to schedule a visit. We’d love to meet you or your loved one!