Consider “Senior Resolutions” for the New Year


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Ever year, as the New Year approaches, I take the time to look at my personal and professional achievements over the past year and figure out how I can make the next year even better. I'm sure many of you do the same.

While most of my resolutions are focused on me, I do make a point to think of the other people in my life and how I can help them in the New Year. As we approach 2013, I want to encourage you to do the same – specifically with your senior loved ones. Here are my top “senior resolutions” to consider for next year:
  • Physical activity: Seniors who live in cold climates often become sedentary in the winter. Provide these tips to your senior loved one on how to stay physically active, and you’ll help them avoid frailty – a condition that can make it difficult for seniors to remain in their own homes.
  • Home modifications: As we age, areas of our home that we handled with ease can become challenging – or downright dangerous. Get ideas on how you can help your senior loved one make their home a safer place to live by watching our latest video series on home safety for seniors.
  • Companionship: Although in-person companionship is best, it can be a challenge if you live a long distance from your senior loved one. If you can’t be there face-to-face, pick up the phone weekly to check on your senior and engage them in conversation. Send photos through the mail to help them feel connected to other family members. Or, consider utilizing a Home Instead CAREGiver for companionship services – and much more.
I hope that 2012 was a blessing, and the team at Home Instead Senior Care wishes you all the best in 2013.

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