Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults (Video 3:15)

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again when the resolutionaries sit back and reflect on their yeas and nays of the past and possibilities for the future. Many will make commitments to long-term lifestyle changes and short-term acts that will improve confidence, make them healthier, and bring peace of mind. While general changes such as not smoking, saving money, and exercise are well known, older adults have unique needs that require specific attention for healthy living.

Dr. Alicia Arbaje from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine knows what older adults need and has created a list of the top ten resolutions they should implement if they haven’t already. Briefly stated, they include the following list, but I highly recommend that you view the short (3:15) video for her helpful comments about each resolution. Several need further explanation.
Do you have any more suggestions?

1) Get vaccinated.
      2) Get screened.
      3) Clean house to prevent falls.
      4) Improve sleep patterns.
      5) Do advance directives.
      6) Volunteer.
      7)  Update health records.
      8) Schedule a medication check-up.
      9) Decide if you need a geriatrician.
      10) Get moving.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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