Top 7 Activities to Start Off the New Year

Looking for some new activities to kick off the new year? Here’s a list of our favorites for you to try.

Daily Exercise

Exercise can be one of the most important activities that we can do to stay healthy. You can start off the new year by joining a local gym or you could just go for a stroll around the block. Moving your body just 30 minutes a day can be enough to improve your health. An effective workout routine, whatever that may be, helps you be consistent in reaching your end goal of staying more healthy. If you are worried about the extent to which you can work out, contact your healthcare physician. They can recommend a program for you to put you on the right track.

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Enjoy Time With Visitors

Seeing family, friends and engaging with grandchildren can be a great activity to enjoy. Nothing brings greater joy to an older adult than seeing family and friends. Holidays and birthdays are always great times to visit your loved one, but the occasional surprise visit may mean more to them then you think.

Learn a New Skill

It’s never too late to learn a new skill, whether it be music, dancing or art! Get your creative juices flowing and try new things you never thought you could do. Creative activities decrease negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety. This can be an opportunity to improve your health drastically. Engaging in new skills also can help improve memory. One out of eight people over the age of 70 will struggle with memory loss. It is very important to get involved, this can help stimulate you mentally and socially and improve the quality of your life.

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Join a Book Club

Connecting with people and making new friends can be great at any age. Creating or joining a book club can be the best way to meet new people. Reading improves sleep and delays cognitive time as well. This not only gives you something to do, but also helps you connect and socialize with people in new ways. Being around like-minded individuals will keep you entertained and can bring you much satisfaction Step out of your comfort zone and get in touch with people like never before.

Start a New Show or Movie

Watching an episode of your favorite tv show a day or a movie a week can help you relax and enjoy life. At first you may start watching television for entertainment but after a while it could turn into a hobby. A few hobbies that could come out watching television could be cooking, painting, or travel! You also might connect with other fans of the show, which can be a conversation starter.

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Create Recipes

Cooking and coming up with delicious recipes can be a fun activity that not only you enjoy, but also the people around you. Cooking can be a stress reliever and a time to relax for most people. Creating your own recipes also gives you the ability to try new things and share them with others.

Play Some Games

Many people enjoy the joy and competitiveness that comes from games whether that be board games or sporting activities. There are a plethora of games to choose from based upon your preference. Make the most out of your day by engaging in one on one gaming our in groups.

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Over your lifetime you may have collected hundreds of photos and shared moments. Rather than just having them sit in a box, put together a scrapbook for yourself. Scrapbooks allow you to capture and preserve these wonderful moments of your life to your family and friends. Scrapbooking does not have to be limited to pictures but can also include poems and letters.

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The Top Gifts for Seniors 2018

Not sure what to get for your aging parents, grandparents or loved one? Here are some useful and cool gift ideas for seniors!

Stay Warm!

All the rage, these extra snuggly blankets keep you warm – but not too warm. And not matter how many throw blankets someone has, they always can use one more!

Stylish and space saving, these single serve coffee makers are a lot less hassle than the traditional coffee pot. Plus you can get a variety of coffee pods to add some variety to your loved one’s daily cup of Joe. Make sure to give a nice pod variety pack, so your loved one can unwrap and use this right away!

Let there be light!

Don’t waste an outlet! These outlet covers have a built-in night light that points down to the floor where your loved one needs to see anyway.

Avoid turning on any harsh light to use the restroom at night with this convenient motion sensing toilet light.

Get a light and a closer look with this handy combination LED light and magnifying glass.

Get around easier

Help your loved one pick up items that are just out of reach with this grip and grab tool. It will help them avoid falls and frustration.

Getting in a high cabinet or shelf can be difficult. This discreet collapsible step ladder can help assist you grasp those out of reach areas. 

This portable and adjustable handle grip can give light assistance for those who have difficulty getting in and out of the car. It also can be removed when not needed.

Helpful tools

Never tie shoelaces again! These handy elastic no-tie shoelaces convert any shoe with traditional laces into a slip-on shoe, helping alleviate the tedious tying of shoelaces when our fine motor skills start to fail us. Since there are no shoelaces, this gift has the added benefit of removing a potential tripping hazard!

This handy jar and bottle opener can give a little extra torque to get that stubbornly sealed container open. This makes a great gift for a loved one and a handy tool to keep in the kitchen drawer.

This stylish and practical reading rest also has collapsible rubber pegs to keep the pages in place as you need to view them. The rest also folds flat for easy storage and transportation. Great for the kitchen or desk!

Never lose anything again… ever! Once you put a Tile locator device on your keys, bicycle, purse or phone, you can locate it anywhere!

Who wants to lug around a heavy vacuum anymore? Give your loved ones the gift of clean floors without the hassle of a traditional vacuum system.

No matter what gift you wrap this year, the most valuable gift to your loved one may be the most precious – your time. Spend time with those you love and make sure they know how much you love them. In the end, that’s the best gift of all. <3

Editor’s Note: Senior Care Centers received no financial consideration for the promotion of the products offered in this article. We just included them because they seemed like good ideas and would be fun! 😊

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