New Year’s has traditionally been a time when people make resolutions for the upcoming year. These resolutions serve as a catalyst for self-evaluation and reflection on the past. This is often a wake-up call to change the status quo by forging new and exciting paths. If your senior loved one hasn’t set any goals for 2016, it’s not too late. Here are a few suggestions from Boca Raton Home Care Assistance.
1. Experiment with Food
Many seniors think that they must face a world of bland food to stay healthy. This concept is not true, and making a resolution to venture out of the norm by trying a new food item is both fun and exciting. Start the year out right by introducing something different to the menu one time a week and continue to do so for the entire year.
2. Touch, Look, and Feel
The elderly may need to be reminded to use their senses to see the world around them. Their New Year’s resolution should involve one of their sensory perceptions, such as taking a walk and smelling the fresh air or petting the cat and feeling the softness of its fur. Set aside a scheduled time every day to accomplish this. This small step reminds seniors just how beautiful everything around them really is and how important it is to take the time to really look and listen.
3. Concentrate on Others
Once a month, do something for a neighbor, family member, or even a stranger that will make their day better. Helping others gives seniors a sense of purpose while improving the life of someone else.
4. Laugh Often
A good dose of laughter is the best medicine for seniors. It helps ease chronic pain and elevates endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals that come from the brain. This resolution should begin by smiling a specified number of times a day and working up to a good hearty laugh at least once a day.
In 2016, resolve to help your senior loved one have the best year yet. At Home Care Assistance, our experienced Boca Raton Caregivers can help with everything from meal preparation to running errands, ensuring your loved one maintains a high quality of living year-round. To learn more, please give us a call at (561) 826.9282 and request a complimentary consultation.