As we embark on a new year, there’s no better time to reflect on our health and well-being. Begin the new year by setting meaningful resolutions to prioritize your overall wellness. Creating a resolution centered around your health not only promotes physical vitality but also enhances mental and emotional well-being, ensuring you lead a fulfilling and active life.

For seniors, especially those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, committing to prioritize your health can offer a number of benefits including strengthened cognitive function, maintained independence, and an overall improved quality of life.

At Bayshire Rancho Mirage, a Palm Springs continuing care community for seniors, we understand the importance of prioritizing health and wellness for our cherished residents. In this blog, we’ll explore ten health and wellness resolutions that seniors can embrace, setting the stage for a year of improved health and happiness.

#1.) Stay active and fit.

Incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine. Whether it’s a gentle stroll or a group fitness class, staying active is essential for maintaining overall health.

In our memory care Palm Springs community, our residents enjoy several luxurious amenities designed to make staying active easy – and fun. Enjoy a walk through our gardens, join a class in our fitness studio, or go for a swim in our heated outdoor pool.

#2.) Create healthy eating habits.

Make a conscious effort to eat a well-balanced diet that fuels both your body and your mind. Opt for nutrient-rich foods known to boost brain function, including salmon, spinach, and even the occasional serving of dark chocolate.

At Bayshire Rancho Mirage, residents receive three chef-prepared meals a day, planned by a Registered Dietician. Our menus offer a variety of delicious and nutritious dining options that cater to our residents’ personal dietary needs.

#3.) Stay hydrated.

Make a commitment to drink more water! Staying hydrated is vital to your health, especially for seniors who are active. Proper hydration also supports cognitive function and overall well-being.

Consider keeping a large bottle handy at all times, making it easier to sip consistently throughout the day. Aim for about 2-3 liters per day and make sure to replenish fluids after exercise.

#4.) Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be practiced multiple ways. Mindfulness is an integral part of the practice of yoga – though some sessions focus on physical strength and flexibility, others help reduce stress and promote mental clarity. Explore different types of yoga through our group fitness classes or online videos.

Mindfulness can also be practiced in everyday life. The goal of mindfulness is to be fully present in the moment, whether you are quietly enjoying a stroll on our walking path or socializing with neighbors at our community events

A senior man practicing yoga and mindfulness

#5.) Stay connected.

This year, make a point to maintain strong social connections with fellow residents and engage in community activities. Social interaction contributes to emotional well-being and combats feelings of loneliness.

We host a variety of events, workshops, and activities, making it easy for you to mingle with other seniors. For residents in our memory care Palm Springs community, this is especially beneficial, as being surrounded by others who are also living with dementia creates a community of confidants you can turn to for support.

#6.) Keep up with regular health checkups.

Early detection of health issues is crucial for effective prevention, management, and treatment. Keep up with routine health screenings and checkups recommended for your age and health status.

At Bayshire Rancho Mirage, we offer several services to ensure the health of our residents, no matter their care needs. In addition to 24/7 on-site staff and nursing oversight, we also provide mobile physician, podiatry, and dental services as well as transportation for off-site appointments.

#7.) Prioritize quality sleep. 

Getting quality sleep sets the foundation for the day. As we approach the new year, focus on creating a comfortable sleeping environment and establishing a bedtime routine to improve your sleep quality in 2024.

Tips for getting better sleep include keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, listening to soothing nature sounds or soft music, and trading screen time for relaxing downtime before bed, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath.

#8.) Pursue your passions.

Pursue hobbies and interests that bring you joy. Engaging in activities you love can boost your overall well-being. For memory care residents, this is especially important as staying connected to your hobbies can help maintain a sense of identity, purpose, and accomplishment.

We offer a variety of activities from group workouts and mental challenges to creative workshops and educational classes so our residents can continue engaging in their favorite pastimes as well as connect with other residents over shared interests.

#9.) Stay accountable with a friend.

New year’s resolutions, and lifestyle changes in general, can be difficult to keep up with throughout the year. Find a friend to share some resolutions with, and hold each other accountable to sticking to them.

Having a friend to create healthy habits with makes it easier, and more fun! Start a daily walking club, dine on healthy meals together, or simply commit to staying connected socially.

#10.) Give grace and gratitude.

Although new year’s resolutions are well-intentioned, sometimes they can be tricky to maintain at all times. Don’t punish yourself for missing a day of exercise or “cheating” on your diet. 

Show yourself gratitude for the commitments you stick to and extend yourself some grace for any slip-ups. Ultimately, resolutions are about creating a better quality of life – however that looks to you!

Live Well at Bayshire Rancho Mirage

The new year is the perfect time to set health and wellness resolutions to enhance your quality of life as you enter senior living and embark on a new journey. We encourage all our residents in Palm Springs and beyond to embrace these resolutions and make 2024 a year filled with good health, happiness, and cherished moments.

At Bayshire Rancho Mirage, we offer specialized memory care in Palm Springs for seniors who require extra support in managing memory-related conditions. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and support to our residents, ensuring their comfort and well-being.

If you’re interested in learning more about our luxurious senior living communities and find yourself searching for “memory care Palm Springs,” please feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here to support you in your journey towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year from all of us at Bayshire Rancho Mirage!