Resolving to Have a Happy and Healthy New Year
On behalf of everyone at Forward Day, we hope you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! No matter how you chose to celebrate (and even if you didn’t celebrate), we sincerely hope you were able to take advantage of the holiday by making new fond memories with the ones you love.
Our team would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2022 is your most joyous year yet. Have you come up with any New Year’s Resolutions? Let’s take a look at some ways you can resolve to have a happy and healthy new year.
Eat a More Nutritious Diet
Losing weight very often tops the lists of New Year’s Resolutions made by people of all ages. Eating healthy is recommended for everyone, of course. As a senior, however, it is especially important to eat a nutrient-dense diet. According to Chartwell.com, older adults require fewer calories than their younger counterparts. However, they need just as many nutrients as everyone else.
“Eat more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, lean meats and poultry, beans, nuts, and seeds,” recommends the website, “Also consider consuming less sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts, white bread and pasta made from refined grains.”
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
This is another New Year’s Resolution that is both extremely popular and important for people of all ages. There is truly no nutritional benefit to consuming alcohol. For seniors, it’s particularly vital to stay hydrated and mentally aware at all times. Drinking alcohol promotes neither of those things. In addition, as HealthinAging.org informs us, excessive drinking can make you feel depressed.
The website notes that alcoholic beverages also increase your chances of falling, worsen sleep and can interfere with medications. “One drink = 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor,” the site informs, “The recommended limit for older men is no more than 14 drinks per week and for older women, no more than 7 per week.”
Engage in a Number of Physical Activities
You will never hear any health advocate recommend against exercise. That is, of course, unless a person is physically incapable of exercising. No matter your age, if you are able to, get in some light exercise on a daily basis. Chartwell.com advises older adults to engage in a number of physical activities regularly.
“These include aerobic exercise, such as walking or swimming, for endurance; and activities to strengthen muscles, improve balance and increase flexibility,” says the website, “Doing yoga, for example, combines balance, flexibility and strengthening.”
Avoid Slips and Falls in the Shower
When Forward Day came up with the Shower Bay portable shower, we had safety in mind. Helping people to avoid slips and falls in the shower has always been a big part of our mandate. Shower Bay enables wheelchair users to enter with their shower wheelchairs for safe and comfortable shower experiences. These revolutionary portable showers can be snapped together in any room of the home where there is a faucet nearby. This ensures that the dangers of the bathroom are eliminated!