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Seniors and Resolutions

January marks the arrival of the New Year and brings about a renewed sense of hope and opportunity. During this season of new beginnings, millions of Americans resolve to set and reach personal goals in the year ahead. While we all strive to stay dedicated to our resolutions during the first few months of the year, it often becomes increasingly difficult to stay goal-driven as the year progresses. For those of us who struggle keeping these commitments, here are a few tips for making reasonable resolutions and staying motivated all year:

  • Set attainable goals. Choose objectives you can realistically reach within a set amount of time.
  • Write it down. Display a list of your handwritten resolutions in plain sight to keep you focused.
  • Notify loved ones. Share your goals with family and friends who will be supportive and help keep you on track.
  • Find time. Make your resolutions a priority and schedule time to work towards your goals.
  • Do what you can. Drop the "all or nothing" mindset, any effort is better than no effort.
  • Track your progress. Measure struggles and successes with smaller, more-manageable benchmark goals throughout the year.
  • Have patience. Making a lasting change in your life will take more than just a few weeks.
  • Be resilient. With each setback or slipup, acknowledge your mistake and move forward.

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer

While the time-honored tradition of making New Year’s resolutions can result in positive lifestyle changes for people of all ages, it can be particularly beneficial for aging adults. Seniors who take part in the popular yearly activity often experience increased levels of motivation and productivity, a renewed sense of direction and purpose, as well as a greater appreciation for the accomplishments they’ve made over the years. And for many seniors, this special time of reflection, introspection, and self-improvement is the prime opportunity to make the lifestyle changes that enhance their physical, mental, and emotional health, and— over time —can result in a happier, healthier, and more-independent life.

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