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New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

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istock_000021843592xsmallIf you’re like most Americans, you are probably approaching the new year with a few resolutions. We all have things we’d like to change about our lives, no matter our age. Some resolutions you might consider:

Getting fit. Getting fit is easy at a place like Bethany Village because all residents have access to a fitness center – and you never have to go outside to work out! Even if you don’t live at a place like Bethany, you can still do gentle exercises such as walking to keep your body in fine form. Exercise is important as we age because it keeps our joints limber and us feeling younger.

Eat healthier. After the holidays, most of us want to eat healthier and not always just to lose weight. Eating a lot of junk tends to make a person feel sluggish. Fuel your body with fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins and you’ll feel better in the long run.

Activate your brain. It’s no secret that Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a major health crisis in America. Keep your brain active to keep dementia at bay. Do puzzles, read or schedule game nights with family and friends.

Get social. Time alone is important but it is also important to connect with other humans. Chat with neighbors. Email your grandkids. Join a book club. Do something to stay social and excited about the world around you. Here’s to a great 2013!

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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