Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services
Happy New Year! Here are five resolutions that are recommended for seniors entering the new year:
• Participate in cognitive health activities. Mental health is an important aspect of health that we tend to overlook as we extol the benefits of staying physically fit. Keep your mind engaged and stimulated through a language class, book club or by playing brain games and trivia on the computer. There are card groups in Flamborough, if you would like to learn euchre or bridge.
• Exercise or start a new physical activity. Exercise doesn’t have to be exhausting, and it certainly doesn’t have to feel like work. Older adults are increasingly looking to classes such as yoga and Tai Chi to increase physical health, meet people and widen their social circles. Other activities like mall walking at our local Walmart are also available. Join the active local walking group every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
• Eat more fresh foods. Processed foods are easy to throw together for a meal, but they come with a host of health issues and concerns, and frankly, they’re not worth the hassle. Make a promise to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and you’ll see a noticeable difference in the way you look and feel – and it takes very little work on your end.
• Make your home safer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Many of these falls are preventable, especially if home safety tips are implemented, including moving cords out of walkways, having good lighting near beds and taping down edges of carpets and rugs. These can help to decrease the number and severity of falls for seniors.
• Go for checkups regularly. Unfortunately, with age, comes an increased risk of illness and other complications such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. Making sure that you schedule a regular annual checkup can help in early detection and prevention.
Not only will these New Year’s resolutions improve your mental and physical health, they’ll provide social opportunities and benefit your life in numerous ways.
What are your resolutions for 2013?
Submitted by Shelley Scott at Flamborough Information and Community Services at 905-689-7880.