As we approach the new year, it’s the perfect time for everyone to inspire positivity and excitement – and that includes our elderly loved ones. Making resolutions isn’t just for the young; it’s a wonderful way for older people to look forward to the future with hope and anticipation.
At Athena Care Homes we have daily contact with hundreds of older residents so have plenty of experience to draw on. Here we explore some simple and friendly ways to help your elderly family members embrace 2024.
Reflect on achievements:
You could begin by sitting down with your loved one and reflecting on the accomplishments and joys of the past year. This can be a great trip down memory lane and set the stage for a positive outlook on the new year. Share stories, laughter, and even challenges which have been overcome – this can help to build a sense of resilience and strength.
Set realistic and personalised resolutions:
Encourage your elderly family member to set some simple goals that are realistic and personalised to their preferences and abilities. Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, reconnecting with old friends, or adopting a healthier lifestyle, make sure the resolutions are achievable, align with their values and that you will be able to support them to achieve during 2024.
Focus on social connections:
Loneliness can be a common challenge for older people, especially those living alone, so consider resolutions that foster social connections. This could involve joining a local club, attending community events, or even using technology to connect more frequently with friends and family members. Emphasise the importance of maintaining and building relationships for a fulfilling life.
Prioritise health and wellbeing:
Help your loved one prioritise their health by setting resolutions that promote physical and mental wellbeing. This might include gentle exercises, regular health check-ups, or engaging in activities that stimulate the mind, such as reading or puzzles. Small, incremental changes can make a big difference in overall wellbeing.
Encourage learning and growth:
Age should never be a barrier to learning and personal growth. Encourage your elderly family member to explore new interests or pick up a hobby they’ve always wanted to try. This could be anything from learning a musical instrument, trying out gardening, or taking up painting. Learning and growth contribute to a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Create a supportive environment:
Resolutions are more likely to succeed and goals be achieved when there is a supportive environment. Work together to create a plan that involves family members and friends, ensuring they are aware of the goals and can provide encouragement along the way. Having a support system can make the journey more enjoyable and achievable.