3 New Year’s resolutions for older adults

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Keen to start the New Year on a positive note? Here are three worthwhile resolutions to commit to as you head in to 2019…

1. Do something you’ve always wanted to
Is there something you’ve wanted to do for years but just haven’t gotten around to it? Whether it’s taking an art course, finally learning how to ballroom dance or going on that cruise ship holiday you’ve been thinking about, why not make your dream a reality this year? Your first step is simply to get the ball rolling. So, if you’re interested in doing a course or class, find out about the options available in your vicinity and choose one that appeals to you most. If you want to go on a dream holiday, start researching locations and costs online or contact a travel agent to find out about packages and deals.

2. Make healthy lifestyle changes
A few simple changes can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing. If you’d like to move more in 2019, consider joining a walking or running group or committing to a regular class like Pilates or yoga. If you’d like to eat more healthily, set yourself some simple and achievable goals like drinking more water, eating less sugar or increasing your veggie intake. And if you want to wake up feeling well-rested, set yourself a regular bedtime and aim to get about seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

3. Connect with others
Having a network of friends and family you can spend time with and depend on is good for your health, so make an effort to reach out and connect with others this year. Here are a few ways to do that: Introduce a fortnightly family lunch or dinner, set up a regular coffee date with friends, join a book or gardening club, or sign up for a walking or hiking group. And if you’re a resident of a retirement village like Evergreen, take advantage of the opportunities to connect with members of your community – from social events and gatherings to societies and hobby groups.