How to Make the Most of 2016: Resolutions for Seniors

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New Years is a time for renewal, rejoice, and resolution. Year after year we make resolutions and pledge to do great things. However, we never seem to follow through with them all. With 2015 drawing to a close, look to the opportunities and excitement to come in 2016. Whether you want to focus on your health and become more active or spend more time with family and friends, there are many ways to make 2016 your best year yet. 

Be Active

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You may have heard this from your doctor, family and friends, but exercise really is the best way to get the most out of life.

A rigorous workout routine is not necessary to become stronger, healthier, and have more energy. Walking around your neighborhood every day will do wonders. Take advantage of the wildlife parks and hiking trails in your area. Enjoy the great outdoors while building your cardio endurance and muscle. Remember to take your Alert1 pendant with you when you leave home. Our PAX mobile medical alert with fall detection is the best protection you can have. 

If you don’t live near any trails or don’t feel comfortable walking around your neighborhood, there are many other great ways to stay active. Water aerobics, gardening and community volunteering are just a few fun ways to stay fit.

Get the Most out of Life

Life doesn’t have to be full of regrets. The happiest people are those who take advantage of every opportunity. Start off the New Year by attending social events offered by your community. Explore your neighborhood using your local public transportation - you never know what exciting things you’ll discover. Take a trip to the mall to look at the latest trends in the store windows. Or visit a museum you haven’t been to in years. As long as you've brought your Alert1 mobile medical alert, you only have to worry about enjoying yourself. 

Take a Multivitamin

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We all know that multivitamins are good for your health. As you age. the need for supplemental nutrition becomes even more important. Your body cannot absorb nutrients as efficiently as it once did. Supplemental vitamins will fill that deficiency. A multivitamin will help boost your energy, improve your short-term memory, and improve your muscle strength and balance to help prevent falls. Make sure to take a multivitamin designed for seniors - these vitamins provide extra protection for heart health, eye health, and muscle function. 

Spend More Time with Family

Spending time with our loved ones is the most important thing you can do. With modern technology, it is easy to stay in touch with those you love. If your family is close by, have a monthly dinner at your house. Or arrange a rotation to visit a different child or loved one each week. If distance is a concern, use a free online service such as Skype or Facetime to have a video call. You can have a conference call with your son in Buffalo, your daughter in Houston and your brother in San Francisco. Keeping in touch has never been easier.

Begin a Project

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We all have hobbies that we used to love but have forgotten. Make the effort to do what you used to enjoy so much.

If you once had a garden that you took pride in, begin planning now so that you can plant your seeds in a few short months. If you used to spend your weekends tinkering in the garage, find a new project around the house. Remember the great feeling of working with your hands to fix a problem? Why pay someone to fix what you can fix yourself? Whether it’s fixing a squeaky door or nailing down some loose floorboards, choose something manageable and dive in!

Fall-Proof Your Home

Fall-proofing your home is one of the best things you can do to protect your health. Over a third of the population over the age of 65 falls each year. Not only do these falls cause pain and discomfort, they also command expensive hospital bills. To avoid such an accident, the key is to create clear walkways. Your floors should be clear of frayed rugs, detached baseboards, and narrow doorways. Check out these fall-proofing measures to make sure your home is safe.

Make Your Resolution Supplement Your Lifestyle

Make your New Year’s resolution to live a more fulfilling life in 2016. Whether you choose to become more involved in your community or enjoy nature on gorgeous hiking trail, make the most of the New Year. There’s plenty of ways to improve your health and improve your health as well next year and you’ll be glad you did.  Just remember to bring your Alert1 system so you are always prepared. We recommend our PAX mobile medical alert with fall detection for outdoor adventures to keep you safe while you do the things you love.

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