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Embracing A New Chapter: New Year's Resolutions for Seniors

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, it’s the perfect time for everyone to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  Here are a few thoughtful New Year’s resolution ideas geared towards improving the well-being and quality of life for Seniors living in Whatcom County. 

1. Physical Health 

Taking care of our bodies is a lifelong endeavor, and seniors can make a significant impact on their wellbeing with simple yet effective resolutions. Consider incorporating regular walks, light exercises, or joining a fitness class designed for seniors. 

The Bellingham Senior Activity Center (located at: 315 Halleck St, Bellingham, WA 98225) offers a wide range of group fitness classes including strength training, chair yoga, and tai chi.  On Saturdays at 9am there is even a virtual Zumba Gold class taught by one of our Right at Home caregivers, Mikari.This is free of charge and hosted on Zoom!  Contact the Bellingham Senior Activity Center for more info!  360-733-4030 

2. Mental Well-Being

Cognitive health is paramount for seniors, and there are numerous resolutions that promote mental well-being. Engaging in brain-stimulating activities like puzzles can help keep the mind sharp.  Consider practicing your puzzling skills in the new year and enter to participate in a Puzzle Hustle. If you live near Lake Whatcom, regular Puzzle Hustles are hosted at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building. 

3. Social Connections

Maintaining and building social connections is vital for mental and emotional health. Consider making a resolution to reconnect with old friends or setting your sights on making new ones!  The Welcome Senior Center (located at: 5103 Mosquito Lake Rd, Deming, WA 98244) hosts a potluck at noon each Thursday and is a great opportunity to meet new friends in your local community.  Stick around after lunch to play cards or shoot a round of pool! 

4. Technology Adoption

In an ever-connected world, seniors can benefit greatly from embracing technology. Consider resolving to learn more about how to use social media for staying connected with family and friends.  If you have a membership card with the Bellingham Public Library system, you can enroll in in-person or virtual classes designed to help people of all ages better understand the basics of how to properly and safely use computers and the internet. 

As we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new, let’s remember that it’s never too late to embark on a journey of personal growth.

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