New Year’s Health Resolutions for Seniors

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With 2014 on the horizon, many people are taking the final days of the month to make resolutions for the coming year. Unfortunately, the New Year is known to bring out a variety of health and fitness resolutions that don’t last more than a few weeks. As a result, Home Care Assistance of Mesa, AZ wanted to offer a few senior health resolutions that are not only achievable, but easy to stick to!

One resolution that all seniors can easily make for the upcoming year is to have an annual eye exam. Most optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend annual eye exams for seniors whether they wear corrective lenses or not. An annual eye exam can detect subtle changes in the vision, ensuring any potential problems are corrected before they grow into major eye health concerns.

Another easy health resolution is to focus on exercise. Most everyone has heard that exercise is important for maintaining proper weight and good cardiovascular health, however many don’t know that exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous! Take the New Year to focus on small changes, such as trying to go for a walk around the block each day or climbing the stairs at home 5 times. Many seniors are surprised at how fast they can build stamina and strength, and before long they are ready to increase their activity levels.

One often overlooked area of senior health is stress. If stress is not handled properly, it can lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. One way to relieve stress is to have fun. Seniors should resolve to spend time each day participating in an enjoyable activity that helps eliminate stress, even if only for a brief period. Not sure where to start? Click here for information about the reliable and compassionate caregivers in Mesa, and learn how they provide companionship to seniors to create meaningful relationships that combat boredom and stress!

Finally, seniors should use 2014 to fully engage their creative potential. Research has shown that those who keep their minds engaged have fewer problems with cognitive conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Seniors can engage in arts and crafts, try learning a new instrument or language, or head to their local senior center to check out fun activities such as dance lessons. There is an abundance of ways to continue learning in one’s golden years, and most provide additional benefits such as socialization, enhanced mood and even physical activity!

For seniors who need help planning and carrying out their New Year’s resolutions, contact Home Care Assistance of Mesa at (480) 699-4899. Speak with a devoted Care Manager and see how we can help you start 2014 off on the right foot.

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