Brad Breeding is a frequent guest at our Henry Ford Village Speaker Series events so we’re taking a page from his book and offering you some realistic resolutions that you can stick to this coming new year. The following goals are easily attainable with some focused efforts throughout the year.

  1. Update or Create Your Legal Documents – The very nature of many legal documents is that you don’t need them until you need them, and this is especially true of wills, advance directives (also called a living will), and power of attorney documents. If you haven’t already created each of these, contact your attorney and set up an appointment to get the ball rolling. You can even find simple templates on the internet using sites like or get low-cost computer software (such as Quicken WillMaker) if your personal and financial situation is not very complex. And if you already created these documents many years ago, it is a good idea to review them periodically to ensure nothing about your wishes has dramatically changed.
  2. Clean Out Your Attic, Garage and Closets – You open the door, and inside are behemoth stacks of STUFF–discarded toys, outdated clothes, boxes of old papers. Whether this describes your attic, garage, or closet, this is the year to tackle the task of cleaning it out. It sounds daunting, but there are some simple tips on how to turn this chore into a…dare I say, fun?…task.
      • Prepare to Downsize
    • Give Yourself Enough Time
    • Enjoy the Nostalgia
    • Make 3 piles: Keep, Donate & Trash
  3. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Dirty – But Be Safe
  4. Eat Healthier – Want to live to be 100? You can increase your odds simply by improving your diet. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can put you on the path to a longer, healthier life. But eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor. Try incorporating delicious super foods such as berries, dark chocolate, kale, salmon, red wine & nuts into your meals; it is another easy way to up your chances of living to 100.
  5. Get A Check-Up – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why you should have an annual check-up with your primary care doctor. He or she will be able to spot any issues early before they become major health crises. Your insurance or Medicare should pay for it at no cost to you, so why not take advantage? Yes, laughter is good medicine, but preventive care may just be the best medicine.
  6. Learn How to Use New Technology – Staying connected to friends and family has many mental health benefits for seniors. And the internet and social media make it simpler than ever to keep in touch, even for the elderly who might otherwise become socially isolated. That’s probably why seniors are one of the faster-growing demographics on Facebook. If you aren’t currently using social media–maybe you just aren’t sure how to “Facebook”–ask a friend or loved one for a lesson and make this the year you start connecting with loved ones virtually.
  7. Begin to Explore Senior Living Options for the Long-Term – If you are approaching retirement age, you probably have already thought about where you would like to live as you grow older (and hopefully you’ve been saving your money accordingly). If you are considering a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also known as a life plan community) or another senior living community, there’s no time like the present to start exploring the options. Start your search now by scheduling a tour at the CCRCs in your area. Equip yourself with the right knowledge by asking the important questions of yourself and of the communities themselves. Decide what you’re looking for and find the community that best fits your needs.
  8. Commit to More Exercise – This is a popular resolution, and often, it is also one that quickly gets abandoned. Yet exercise has countless health benefits, especially as we age–increasing cardiovascular health, strengthening bones, improving balance, and managing weight. A research study1 conducted earlier this year found that as little as 1 minute of exercise can have tangible health benefits, improving blood sugar regulation, and increasing endurance and muscle. So, no more excuses that you “don’t have time” to exercise this year! Take the stairs, park further from the entrance, or just get up from the sofa and do some jumping jacks or lunges. A little exercise is always better than none!

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Sources: (Brad Breeding)