New Year, New You: Helping Seniors Achieve Their Resolutions

Regular exams are essential to good health.

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

Whether you’re a senior setting goals for the coming year or a family caregiver wanting an elderly loved one to succeed, read on for tips for maintaining health, independence and relationships.

With the start of the New Year come those resolutions to work toward good health and other personal and professional goals. It can be even more important to keep those resolutions as we age.

Although some of us can take our New Year’s resolutions lightly, for many seniors it can be the difference between staying healthy enough to remain safely at home, and experiencing a loss of mobility or a fall that puts them in a nursing home. As a company dedicated to helping seniors live at home with normalcy and dignity, we continuously search for ways to better meet the needs of seniors and the caregiver community.

Here’s a handful of tips for seniors setting goals for 2014 or family caregivers who want to help:

Health Is Wealth
The keys to maintaining or improving health include good nutrition, consistent exercise and regular exams. There is a wide array of nutritionals specifically formulated for seniors who are malnourished due to physical, social or psychological reasons, as well as services like Mom’s Meals that deliver freshly prepared, nutritious foods. Seniors of any mobility level can aim for 30 minutes of activity most days, and regular blood work, physicals, hearing and vision exams can help prevent illness, falls and loss of independence.

Aging in Place
Remaining safely and independently in their own homes is the preferred lifestyle choice for older Americans. Fortunately, product manufacturers, service providers and home designers are meeting the needs of a growing population who want to live at home. From daily living tools, to universal home design, to incontinence products and other home health care supplies, staying independent is easier than before.

Staying Connected
Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with family, friends and others going through the same life experiences. Social isolation can lead to a host of problems, including malnutrition, depression and loss of mobility. In addition to taking advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other platforms, seniors who live alone can benefit from access to a big-button, amplified telephone and emergency monitoring system such as the Philips Lifeline.

Browse The CareGiver Partnership site for more information on products and services that help seniors remain in their homes with dignity, ways to connect with others on social media platforms, the hundreds of free articles in this blog, a free fall prevention guide and links to 1,500+ family caregiver resources.

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loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wis. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353. Help support this ad-free blog by answering several questions about caregiving here. It will take just two minutes.


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