Successful Aging: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Successful Aging: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

New Year means new beginning!

Since last year was full of struggles, economic uncertainties and political instabilities, people have many expectations from this year.

2022 has been very chaotic with the Ukraine-Russian war, the pandemic, weird weather conditions and the shootings. And, the entertainment industry has also lost a lot of famous people. However, people believe that 2023 can be an opportunity to start your life in a new way.

Honestly, I can’t predict if this year is going to be better or worse than 2022. A year doesn’t usually come with a “tag” claiming that “Am gonna be better than last year” or “I’ll be full of good surprises.” But, you’ll have to face whatever is waiting for you.

Always remember that every year has its own unique set of events and circumstances and it is impossible to know for certain how any given year will unfold. But, it is always a good idea to focus on the things that are within our control, such as our actions, choices and resolutions.

If you want to go through this year healthily and happily, make sure you implement the following New Year’s resolutions.

Overcome the Fear of Aging

Overcome the Fear of AgingAging is an evolution, an expansion, and progress. It’s about coming into your own and thriving. However, for many, aging represents a decline or deterioration; they believe aging is about getting old, getting feeble and becoming more dependent on others. And, of course, no one looks forward to those things.

When people start aging, they start fearing the thought that they are nearing the phase of life where they will be unable to do anything they ever wanted to. Aging is thus considered as a phase that troubles people and makes them constantly think that they could die at any moment.

Old people are always scared about their health getting worse, not having a place in society, becoming a burden for their family members, having very little retirement savings and being left alone.

It is true that old people are often not acknowledged and overlooked in public, but that doesn’t mean you should be scared about getting old and becoming a shadow. Elderly Christians, for example, are often taught that aging is a blessing from God and they should cherish that blessing.

Spend Time With Your Grandkids

Spend Time With Your GrandkidsThere’s nothing more satisfying than watching the children you raised become parents. Having grandchildren feels like a blessing and holding them for the first time feels like your life has finally found its purpose.

Every grandparent has a fear in them–every time they’ll see their grandchildren, they’ll fear it will be the last time. Please stop being so negative and start clinging to your grandkids’ smiles.

Believe it or not, but grandchildren have the power to give you the hope, willpower, strength and love you need to stay strong, survive and fight back.

Pick a New Hobby

Pick a New HobbyI’d like to quote Mark Twain:

“Show me a man with no hobby and I will show you an alcoholic.”

Contrary to the popular and current belief that we are to relax and lounge all the time, I strongly believe that this “do-nothing” attitude is what is causing so many people, especially older adults, to be depressed.

People often think that there is no point in older adults pursuing a new hobby. I don’t agree with this. I think you will feel at ease when you are learning something new. Even if you didn’t ace cooking or learn Italian at this age, at least it took your mind off a lot of stressful things.

In addition, learning a new hobby can boost your self-esteem and open doors to a new world that can add colors and flavors to your life.