These 2022 New Year’s resolutions are designed specially for women over 60

Senior woman at beach in winter

Most of us were happy to say goodbye to 2021. This never-ending pandemic has taken a toll on our health and our spirits. But it’s a new year and with it, a chance for a fresh start. We compiled a list of suggestions–resolutions seems too harsh–for women over 60.  Pick one, pick all, whatever helps you get the most out of 2022

1. Keep moving

Walking is a totally underrated exercise but very effective.  Walking builds bone density and strengthens muscles that support your joints.  It’s also been shown that moderate walking is all that’s required to keep your heart healthy to ward off strokes and heart attacks.  If you find aimless walking too boring, target a destination—a coffee house where you can enjoy a latte or a friend’s house for a short visit.

2. Get up-to-date with preventative health measures

Have a checkup with your doctor and confirm that you are up to date with pneumonia, shingles, and tetanus vaccines.  Pneumonia is a leading cause of death among our age group.

3. Stay hydrated

Dizziness is one of the primary symptoms of dehydration.  But dizziness can lead to falls that result in hospital stays—or worse.  Drink a full glass of water (with a squirt of lemon) before eating every morning.  A good rule of thumb for our age group is a cup of water every hour and a half of awake time.  For instance, if you sleep seven hours, you are awake 17 hours. This means you should aim to drink ten cups of water a day.  If you don’t like flat water, try water flavored with fruit essence.  Flavored water doesn’t add calories or sugar.



4. Aim for eight hours sleep a night

Sleep is very important for our age group because it supports the immune system and it lessens the likelihood of depression.  Walking each day will help you to sleep.  There are many supplements and ideas that are supposed to help induce sleep but physical exercise is one of the most reliable ways to fall asleep. Don’t forget to keep your room cool.  When you are snuggled under covers, you are more likely to fall asleep than if you are throwing covers off in the night.

5. Strengthen your immune system

Vitamins D, C, and zinc are keys to a healthy immune system, particularly in light of the pandemic. You might ask your doctor or a good naturopath to have your levels checked. Take supplements if you need them and have dosages recommended by your healthcare provider.

6. Have a new travel experience

Have we lost our minds? Not really. The mutating coronavirus may further delay your globetrotting plans, but there are plenty of new experiences close to home. Take a day trip to a seaside town and enjoy the far horizon. Or to the mountains. Even if you don’t ski you can enjoy a hot chocolate in the warming hut.

If you live near a large city there often are ethnic markets that can transport you to the busy streets of (name your destination). Chinatown in New York is a virtual day in Hong Kong. The Mitsuwa Marketplace just over the bridge in New Jersey is like a stroll through Tokyo Neighborhoods. You can buy household goods, cosmetics, and tempura and sushi.

Walk down a new street in your own town. Peek in store windows. Go to a museum–anytime.  Exhibits are always changing. Read books that are set in a place you’ve never visited. You might be surprised at the adventures that await you.

7. Change up your menu

The seasons offer opportunities to try cuisines from different regions of the world. In winter make a Boeuf Bourguinon or a Moroccan lentil stew or Swedish meatballs. (Homemade ones will be nothing like IKEA, but the lingonberry sauce is a must). Spring  brings salmon and asparagus so turn to Ireland and Scotland, where a new breed of chefs is reinventing traditional dishes and creating new ones. What could be more natural in summer than Italian? Move north from the tomato-based southern dishes to those from Tuscany, Venice, Lombardy. There’s a world out there to explore.

8. Start giving away your possessions

Yes, you read that right.  Those things you treasured are not going with you.  And if you are like most of us, you will find that their importance tends to dwindle over the years.  There is always someone who will appreciate or need the things that you have already enjoyed for a long time.  Make do with less.  The less you have when you are at the end of your life, the less problem it is for someone who has to dispose of your things.  Give those things away now when you can experience the appreciation and joy they bring to someone else.



9. Be good to yourself

If you have been a giver all your life, practice giving to you.  This is particularly true of devoted mothers who have looked out for everyone but themselves their entire lives.  Spend the money on a really flattering haircut and get your makeup done professionally.  Have a regular pedicure and manicure.  Turn off your phone and soak in a tub.  At this stage in your life, everyone is where they are going to be without your direction. Learning to let go isn’t easy, but everyone, including yourself, will benefit.

10. If you haven’t already, build a bucket list and get to work on it.

It doesn’t have to be a major outing like visiting the Galapagos Islands—or it could be. It could be getting that degree or finishing it up.  Taking that French cooking course.  Visiting your friend in Hawaii who has been asking you to go for years.  Buying an electric bike and going for a bike ride each day.  (Electric bikes are a boon to our age group; you don’t have to pedal as hard to move along swiftly.  They are great exercise because you tend to exercise longer before becoming tired.)  Working on your bucket list is no longer for the future—it is for now.



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