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Healthy New Years Resolution Ideas for Older Adults

The new year is an exciting time to reflect on the past year and set new goals for 2024. New Year’s resolutions can help you kick-start a healthy and fulfilling year, and living in an active adult community like The Reserve of Geneva provides ample opportunities to achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking to make positive lifestyle changes, explore a new hobby or focus on nurturing friendships with people you love, the new year is the perfect time to explore a new endeavor.

If you’re unsure where to begin, here are a few healthy resolutions to consider for the year ahead:

Commit to a workout routine.

Physical activity is just as important during retirement as it was in your younger years. Regular exercise helps build muscle, improve balance, increase endurance and ultimately helps older adults maintain their ability to live independently.

At The Reserve, we help support an active lifestyle in several ways, including our guided exercise programs, like gentle yoga. Here, you can take advantage of our fully-equipped fitness center—which means residents can conveniently work out without ever having to leave the community! Outside of The Reserve, Geneva features beautifully paved trails and an active downtown where you can go to bike or walk with friends and grand kids.

Pick up a new hobby.

The new year is the perfect time to set goals and try something new. Whether it’s painting, cooking, learning a new language or playing tennis, make a goal for yourself that you can work towards in 2024. Studies show that older adults who are involved in mentally challenging activities experience significant gains in memory and cognitive brain function. Hobbies and clubs can also be a great way for older adults to expand their social circles.

Our vibrant activity calendar offers a variety of classes and events for residents to enjoy. From scrapbooking to woodworking and ukulele lessons, there’s something for everyone at The Reserve.

Prioritize healthy eating.

Fueling your body with proper nutrition each day not only helps prevent diseases, but it also improves mental health, boosts energy levels and enhances overall mood. The diet of older adults should focus on nutrient-dense foods that promote healthy aging. This means eating more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy. Aim to also drink more water as it is a vital part of digestion and nutrient absorption.

At The Reserve, we make it easy to incorporate healthy eating habits into your daily life. Residents can select from an expansive upscale menu, planned and prepared by our onsite culinary director. We offer a variety of dining options that cater to our residents’ unique tastes and lifestyles.

Improve your sleep habits.

Quality nighttime sleep benefits our bodies in many ways, from reducing stress and improving heart health to enhancing memory and cognitive function. But for many older adults, sleep doesn’t come as easily as it did in the younger years. To improve your sleep habits, try to go to bed at the same time every night, avoid the use of stimulants like caffeine or alcohol near bedtime, remove audible or visual distractions from the bedroom and incorporate soothing activities or rituals, like reading and bathing into your nightly routine.

Build and nurture relationships.

This new year, resolve to build new friendships and maintain current relationships with friends and family. Schedule time in your calendar for important people in your life. This can be as easy as picking up the phone or meeting someone for coffee. Consider the benefits of making new friends in retirement as well! Living in a vibrant 55+ community like The Reserve provides ample opportunities to build relationships with other residents through planned clubs, classes and activities.

Happy New Year from The Reserve!

Every new year presents opportunities to start fresh and establish positive new habits. At The Reserve, our community is designed to help our active adult residents achieve their resolutions for the new year and live happier and healthier, all year long.

To learn more about life at The Reserve, schedule a personal tour today!

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