Another new year is upon us. And for many that means another set of New Year’s resolutions. An estimated 60% of Americans will set New Year’s resolutions, but did you know that more than half of those resolutions will fail within the first few months of the year? While that may sound discouraging, that doesn’t mean seniors should set them. Instead, it means you should rethink not only how you make New Year’s resolutions, but how you keep them.

Here are six simple tips for helping seniors set and keep resolutions this year:

  1. Keep it simple. Many seniors make the mistake of setting too many New Year’s resolutions. Trying to make too many changes at one time is hard to not only establish, but maintain long term. Keep your goals simple. This could include setting goals like vowing to stay more activeor committing to trying one new thing a month.
  2. Make them personal. Some common New Year’s resolutions include things such as dieting, better managing finances or exercising more. Whatever your resolutions, try to set only one to three main things you’d like to accomplish. And make them personal. Maybe this year you’d like to take a few cooking classes so you can cut back on eating out and learn a new cooking skill you’ve always wanted to try. Or perhaps you want to make a bigger effort to meet new people who enjoy the same hobbies you do. Think about what those few changes are that could really improve your life and help you feel accomplished.
  3. Be realistic and start slow. Don’t aim too high or too fast. Doing so can keep you from feeling frustrated by a lack of progress and ensure you’ll stick to your new goal, longer. For example, let’s say you want to eat healthier this year. Don't completely change your diet overnight. Instead, slowly start incorporating healthy items like leafy greens, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables, while slowly cutting out unhealthy items like sugary and high fat foods. Being realistic and starting slow can ensure you’re making more of a lifestyle change and not just starting a diet that you can’t keep up with.
  4. Share your resolutions with others. They say you’re more likely to stick to something if you share it with others. Take a few moments to share your New Year’s resolutions with family and friends. They can help you weed out any unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, while also providing support and holding you accountable.
  5. Set mini-goals and reward yourself. New Year’s resolutions are meant to be carried through the entire year. Setting mini-goals and rewarding yourself at various points during the year can increase your likelihood of sticking with it. Let’s say you want to set a goal to exercise more in the new year. Set goals each month that will help you accomplish this. For example, if you’re new to exercise, your first goal could be to speak with your doctor about what types of exercise would be right for you. Once you accomplish that, reward yourself with new sneakers. Then set another goal, such as signing up for one senior-friendly exercise class a week and reward yourself with something else. Then just keep going from there until your resolution becomes a habit.
  6. Don’t give up. When you slip back on your New Year’s resolutions, it can be easy to just give up. But don’t let a setback throw off your goals for the entire year. Take a look at what you’re trying to accomplish, what you’ve done so far and see if you can get back on track.

Starting 2019 Off Right at Western Home Communities

Is one of your resolutions for 2019 to downsize to a senior living community? At Western Home Communities, we ensure every senior has access to the services and amenities they need to live healthier, active more vibrant lives. We offer a range of community living optionsincluding active living, independent living, assisted living and more, all designed to meet the unique needs of seniors no matter what their age. Interested in learn more about Western Home Communities? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.