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Resolve to live happier, healthier

Ask Bob

Ask Bob

January 29, 2009|By BOB POOR

Q: I am a procrastinating senior who failed to make my usual New Year's resolutions. Frankly, I could use some fresh ideas. Can you help?

A: Frankly, I could use some fresh ideas myself. So I went looking and found some help in the archives of the Lexington (Mass.) Minuteman. The following resolutions are designed to maintain your physical and mental health, improve your social life and help you live a happier and fuller later life.

o 1. Visit your local senior center: If you haven't visited our local daytime senior center, you don't know what you are missing. You will meet folks alive with all sorts of activities - including games, crafts, lectures, exercise classes, educational courses and entertainment. Involved seniors are alive, vibrant and in good health.

o 2. Plan to eat regular nourishing meals: Too many seniors lose interest in eating. If you are alone, invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Prepare more food than you need for a meal and eat it over one or two following meals.

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o 3. Increase your social contacts: If you do not have a lot of family members nearby, resolve to increase your social contacts for your own mental well-being. Make at least one new friend this year.

o 4. Consider getting help if necessary: Maybe it is getting more difficult to crank up the lawn mower, trim the backyard trees or even regularly get the house cleaned. If there are no family members or friends to help, maybe it's time to get some paid help.

o 5. Make a scrapbook about your life: Do you remember the TV show "This Is Your Life?" Each show would detail the life of some person. The format involved flipping through a scrapbook. You have a great story of life experiences to tell - share it with friends and family. If a scrapbook doesn't excite you, consider writing a journal.

o 6. Get your papers/affairs in order: You know, the important papers like savings accounts, investments, insurances, etc. Does anyone else know where to find them?

There certainly are other ideas like cleaning the house, learning how to use the Internet, scheduling regular exercise, starting a new hobby, joining a book club or teaching a hobby to another person, perhaps a grandchild.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you make and achieve some resolutions for your new year. You make it a happy, healthy and satisfying new year.

Hagerstown resident Robert A. "Bob" Poor is a member of the Society of Senior Advisers and provides senior professional services for reverse mortgages and personal insurance. He also is a member of the Senior Referral Center of Hagerstown.

Questions are welcomed at r.poor@myactv.net or by mail c/o The Herald-Mail, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741, ATTN: Robert A. Poor column.

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