Happy New Year! The start of a fresh new year is the perfect time to make a resolutions or two or three, and we’re here to help you discover the best ways to stick to them for the whole year to come. Have some great resolution ideas of your own? Add to the comments section at the bottom! Let’s work together to stay healthy and feeling great for many years to come.
1. Meet New People
Making new friends as a kindergartener – it’s a breeze. Making new friends as an adult – it’s a little trickier. Finding people with similar interests is a great place to start – and Dirigo Pines is full of fun ways to do just that. Every day Dirigo residents can join in different activities of all kinds – from Bridge, Cribbage and Mah Jong groups to our singing Songsters, regular art classes, Bible study groups, and much more. Join the Out to Lunch Bunch for a meal and good conversation, check out a Sunday movie matinee or get hooked on Downton Abbey, shop, exercise, or just join our regular Social Hour. There are lots of great ways to meet new people and build lasting friendships at Dirigo.
Regular physical activity is the best medicine to keep active and moving, improve your balance, posture, mood and bone and muscle health, and ward off heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more. From yoga to sittercise, Dirigo Pines offers regular opportunities for residents to stretch and move.
If walking is more to your liking, Dirigo Pines walking trails connect with the with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system. Stretch out your muscles with a stroll among the Pines. Click here for more about our trails.
The University of Maine is just minutes away and offers access to the school’s many sports facilities, including tennis courts, an indoor pool, cross-country skiing trails and bike paths. Dirigo residents are also eligible for a discount to UMaine’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center.
3. Eat Right
Just about everyone has eating right on their list of New Year’s resolutions. At Dirigo Pines, we’re making it easy. With gourmet meals prepared daily, it’s simple to eat delicious, nutritious food every day. In addition to our regular meal schedule, our new All Day Dining Program offer flexibility for those who don’t also eat on a regular rotation. Residents have the freedom of choice with options like breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 p.m. rather than noon. Whether you’re an early riser or late sleeper, All Day Dining offers the flexibility to choose what works best for you. All Day Dining offers an alternate menu of choices that may include the main entrée of the day, breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Visit our website to learn more!
Like to cook but need some new ideas? We’ve all been there! The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!
We share lots of great recipes from the AHA and more on this blog! Click here for a full list of Dirigo Dish recipes!
And did you know that during the summer, residents can sow their own little plot of land to grow delicious fresh veggies? What better way to eat right – and get some exercise!
4. Speak Up – Did you know about 1 in 5 older adults suffer from depression or anxiety? If you have signs like lingering sadness, tiredness, loss of appetite, difficultly sleeping, worry, irritability or just wanting to be alone all the time, make a resolution to speak up. Talk to your healthcare provider or reach out to friends and family. Did you know Dirigo Pines sponsors an Alzheimer’s support group and a bereavement support group? Groups like these can be extremely beneficial, and the public is welcome to attend at Dirigo.
5. Learn Something New
Ready to try a new hobby or take a class? Resolve to make it happen in 2017! From Scrabble to Rummikub, there are lots of clubs and activities at Dirigo Pines to help you learn. Dirigo also hosts various classes through the Penobscot Valley Senior College, offering unique learning opportunities throughout the year – with no tests or homework and a focus on socializing and enjoyable learning. Perfect! Learn more here!
6. Get Online and Reconnect with Friends and Loved Ones
Speaking of learning something new, ready to get on social media? It’s easy, free and a great way to reconnect! More and more seniors are going online to enjoy the benefits of connecting with family and friends through social media. No one wants to miss out on cute photos and videos of grandbabies, fantastic recipe links, and all the latest news from friends. While there are lots of ways to connect, from Twitter to Instagram, one of the most popular social media sites is Facebook. Click here for tips to get started on Facebook.
7. Share Your Family History
You know the names of your great grandparents and where they came from – but do your children and grandchildren? Make a resolution to share your family history. There are lots of great websites that make it easy to put the pieces of your family puzzle together going back a long, long way. Write it down, share it and pass along your personalized family tree or ancestry to the younger generations!
8. Get Regular Screenings & Doctors Visits
Taking care of yourself is perhaps the best resolution you can make. Schedule your annual wellness visits, discuss screenings and tests including eye exams, cancer checks, hearing screenings and more. Talk to your doctor about your medications and if you still need them or need to change anything. And don’t forget about immunizations and shots! It might not be the most fun resolution on your list, but it might be the most important!