Six New Year’s Resolutions Perfect For Those Over 60

It’s the first month of the New Year. Which means it’s the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Have you made any resolutions for 2018? As you consider what you would like to change or improve in this New Year, reflect on your life as a whole. Are you happy with your health? Are you spending enough quality time with your grandchildren?

Set a goal that focuses on bettering your overall health, both physically and mentally. It’s very easy for a resolution to get swept under the rug, so make your resolutions something that will be important to you or something you are passionate about. This will give you the motivation you need to stick with it all year and beyond.

Here a few New Year’s resolutions that are perfect for those over 60:

1. Get Moving for 10 Minutes A Day

Staying active is the key to healthy aging. Make it a goal to spend at least 10 minutes each day doing some sort of physical activity or exercising. Make this time enjoyable by doing something you like; take a walk through a nature trail, dance or swim. Be creative. Who knows you may find a new hobby!

2. Volunteer More

Now that you are retired you may find that you have more free time than you ever have. Consider giving back to your community by volunteering your time with local organizations. Think about something you are passionate about, and turn that passion into a volunteer opportunity. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or food bank. By keeping this resolution, not only will you be giving back, you will have an increased sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

3. Spend More Time With Family

Make 2018 the year to spend time with your family. Most grandparents would agree that there is nothing quite as special as spending time with grandchildren. These quality times shouldn’t only be reserved for holidays or birthdays. Stay connected with your grandchildren and other family members on a regular basis. In 2018, commit to meeting up with family every other week to catch up.

4. Reconnect With Old Friends

Over the years you’ve probably lost touch with friends you’ve had in the past. Now that you are retired and you don’t have the responsibility of raising children or maintaining a career, reach out to old friends. There are dozens of ways to rekindle an old friendship. Make a phone call, send an email, or reach out through Facebook. Make it a goal in 2018 to keep in touch and schedule a time to get together in the near future.

5. Challenge Your Brain Regularly

We all know that as we age it is important to stay physically active. But, it’s also important to give your brain a regular “workout” as well. The more you use your mind, the better it will work. Reading a book, doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku, and socializing with others all give your brain a boost. Consider joining SpringShire’s partner, ECU Lifelong Learning Programs. This educational program is for adults over 50 who want to continue to learn. They offer opportunities that will stimulate learning, promote social interaction and broaden horizons in creative ways.

6. Clean Out Attic, Garage or Closets

We can amass a lot of stuff over a lifetime. Holding onto some stuff is important because it reminds you of happy times and great experiences, or it can be meaningfully passed down to future generations. But, there is likely a lot of things you don’t need any more or things that your children may not want. Commit to de-cluttering your home this year. The attic, garage and closets are all good places to start. Organize your life in 2018.

The New Year is also the perfect time to start planning for your future. Making maintenance-free living plans at SpringShire will allow you time to keep all of your New Year’s resolutions. Have time to do the things you want to do. As we reserve more and more homes, your preferred choices for maintenance-free retirement living becomes limited. Call us today to speak with one of our sales associates about our beautiful floor plan options and to learn more about retirement living at its finest. Schedule a visit today to see our property and virtual tour. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you make 2018 the best year yet!