Top Five New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

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You’re never too old to make—and keep—New Year’s resolutions. With 2014 just a few weeks away, SCAN Health Plan Arizona offers five simple resolutions focused on helping seniors stay healthy and independent.

1. Celebrate often. “For some, birthdays and other milestones are dreaded reminders of aging,” said Toni Coleman, SCAN’s community outreach representative. “In reality we should celebrate our achievements.” Celebrations bring joy and fellowship, which is healthy at any age.

2. Eat colorfully. A healthy diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, which bring vibrant color to any meal. “From the time we were young, our parents told us to eat our vegetables. Well, it’s never too late to start,” said Coleman.

3. Move it. Exercise offers physical, emotional, and psychological benefits. Whether you go for a leisurely walk or join a yoga class, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.

4. Get checked. Schedule your annual check-up, and be sure you’re current on all of your screenings and immunizations.

5. Be social. Look for opportunities to get together with others. “You can go to a senior center, become a volunteer, or just meet a friend for coffee,” suggested Coleman. “It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but connecting with other people is important for our mental health as we age.”