It is no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year. The year was particularly difficult for senior citizens who were unable to visit with family and friends due to the pandemic. Aside from video chats with family and the occasional interaction with caregivers, most seniors lived a life of solitude in ’20. However, 2021 brings a new year and plenty of hope for Philadelphia seniors.
Focus on What You Can Control in the Year Ahead
As most seniors readily admit, much of life and its impact on the human condition is out of one’s control. Though you cannot control the ongoing pandemic or the direction of the economy, there are some things that you have full control over. In particular, you control your diet. Seize the opportunity to start off the new year the right way by consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy.
Opt for a diverse diet highlighted by leafy greens and dark-colored vegetables along with fruits and nuts and you really will feel that much better to start the new year. It is particularly important for seniors to load up on food with an abundance of Vitamin D and calcium to maintain strong bones. Examples of such nutrient-rich foods include yogurt, low-fat milk, and cheese.
Be Proactive When It Comes to Asking for Help
If you need the assistance of any sort, do not hesitate to ask for help from Philadelphia caregivers. These professionals are more than willing to help with your daily living challenges as well as mobility impediments and other hurdles that stand in the way of you living your best life in ’21. Follow through with your healthcare provider for a yearly Medicare wellness visit. Participate in health screenings, discuss potential changes to medications, and make alterations to advance directives.
Dedicate Some Time to Physical Activity
The new year provides an opportunity to bury old habits in the past and start anew. This is your chance to start exercising with regularity. Even if you simply take a stroll around the block or stretch out your body, the physical activity will prove beneficial. If you are physically capable, consider enrolling in a water aerobics class or a tai chi class. The movement will get the blood pumping, boost bone strength, help build muscle, and enhance your balance. Furthermore, exercise lifts the mood and spirit, helping seniors feel that much more positive during these challenging times.
Exercise Your Brain!
The worst thing you can do with your free time is watch 24/7 news channels or sit idle while staring out the window. Put your mind into action and you will feel mentally stimulated, boost your brain health, and possibly even make a new friend or two. Join a book club, sign up for a discussion group, or participate in a bridge club. Some local community colleges throughout the greater Philadelphia area provide no-cost classes for those age 65 and older.
Aurora Home Care is on Your Side
Are you a senior in need of home healthcare assistance? Our caregivers are here to lend a helping hand in ’21 and beyond. Reach out to us today to find out more about our comprehensive home health care services in the greater Philadelphia area. You can reach us by dialing 215-354-4444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.