Setting Achievable Goals for Seniors in 2024
As we start the new year of 2024, elderly individuals need to set achievable goals that will help them stay active, engaged, and purposeful. With proper goal-setting, seniors can continue finding meaning and enjoyment. Here are some tips for setting realistic, attainable goals for older adults this year.
When setting goals, it’s best to begin with small, manageable objectives. As we age, our energy levels and capabilities change, so we need to set our sights on what is truly feasible. For example, a goal could be to walk for 10 minutes a day or do 5 minutes of light strength training 3 times a week. Small accomplishments help build confidence to take on slightly bigger challenges.
Break Down Larger Goals
Sometimes seniors have bigger goals like improving their physical health or cognitive ability. These can feel overwhelming if viewed as a single result. Break larger goals down into smaller incremental steps to make them less intimidating. To improve cognition, setting goals like doing a daily crossword puzzle or learning a new skill like using a computer or smartphone app can help lead to the bigger goal.
Get input from care providers, family members, or friends when deciding on appropriate goals. They may have insight into what is realistic based on current abilities and challenges. A physical therapist can recommend exercise goals. A doctor can guide diet or lifestyle changes. Caregivers see capabilities on a daily basis. Listen to their suggestions when planning goals.
Schedule Regular Reviews
It’s important to review goals regularly to celebrate progress and make adjustments if needed. Every few weeks, look at accomplishments and assess if a goal needs to be revised based on how it’s going. If a goal is too easy, make it a little harder. If it’s too difficult, scale it back. Adapt based on how the elderly person is responding and what they can achieve.
Focus on Enjoyment
Goals shouldn’t just be about health outcomes. They should connect to meaningful interests and hobbies that bring joy and enrichment to life. Goals could include gardening, crafting, volunteering, playing games with grandchildren, or learning a new skill like painting. Focusing on enjoyment and purpose promotes overall well-being.
Be sure to acknowledge and praise any progress made towards a goal. No step forward is too small. Regular encouragement and recognition of achievements, even minor ones, reinforce self-efficacy and self-esteem. Celebrating successes motivates seniors to keep striving.
Setting realistic, fulfilling goals provides purpose and structure that can help improve outlook and quality of life. With small, scheduled steps focused on enjoyment, seniors can achieve aims that help them stay active and engaged. Thrive’s caregivers are available to provide support and encouragement along the way.
How Thrive USA Homecare Can Help
Thrive USA Home Care’s compassionate caregivers can assist seniors in setting and accomplishing meaningful goals tailored to their interests and abilities. Whether it’s daily exercise, cognitive activities, hobbies, or social engagement, our caregivers can provide encouragement and assistance to help seniors stay motivated. By partnering with Thrive USA Home Care, seniors can get the support they need to successfully set and achieve their goals.