Let me share a little Christmas craziness from our family.
Now, what can seniors learn from a crazy family taking a Christmas swim in Minnesota? Please indulge me…
We live on a lake, and many years we begin ice skating as early as Thanksgiving, but not this year. El Nino currents have kept our winter temperatures well above normal. No ice means no skating!
After Thanksgiving I planted the seed with our family – “If the lake is still open on Christmas Day, how about a family swim?” They embraced the idea, so we kept watch on the weather, and waited.
Some other bays on our lake began to freeze over, but not ours!
On Christmas day, after brunch and opening presents, even our dog Ringo could sense that something extra exciting was about to happen.
Now, what can seniors learn from our crazy stunt? Here’s a few things:
- Pick a goal – find something you can look forward to. We all need goals to keep us motivated in life. For us, the goal was a swim on Christmas day. As a senior, what are you looking forward to in 2016? It could be doing more reading, joining that exercise class, or spending more time with friends.
- Prepare for your goal to make sure you are safe. For our swim, we put a rubber mat at the edge of the beach to keep us from slipping on the short stretch of ice, and we had a nice fire in the fireplace waiting for us to warm up after the swim. You want to keep active in the New Year, in ways that are safe. Fall prevention is important for everyone, especially seniors, and proper planning can help prevent falls.
- Challenge yourself – It might be hard, but it will surely be worth it. Reaching out to meet new people can be hard. Being more physically active can be a stretch. Learning new things can be difficult. But in the end, it always feels good to have done something new.
- Don’t stop making memories. It is always good to look back on a cherished memory. What things can you do in 2016 that you can look back on in future years?
As 2015 draws to a close, this is a great time to look ahead with anticipation, and excitement for all that 2016 holds. We hope you enjoy this Holiday Season, and that you look forward with great anticipation to the New Year.
Joel Denney, the executive director and owner of CareBuilders at Home in Minnesota, is an executive with 30 years of experience providing visionary leadership on a global scale. Through CareBuilders at Home, Joel is proud to live out his passion for serving older adults by providing quality home care, consistently, for seniors throughout the Twin Cities metro area. When not at work, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife, keeping up with his three teenage boys, playing with his dog, skiing, and caring for his favorite mother-in-law.
For help in caring for your loved one, contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-260-CARE (2273)