Embracing “Goals” Over “Resolutions”

by | Dec 21, 2023

As the new year approaches, many of us set ambitious resolutions aimed at self-improvement – only to abandon them shortly after January 1st comes and goes. Rather than setting a vague resolution, we can reframe intentions as ongoing “goals” that can be worked towards daily, weekly, and monthly. This mindset shift empowers older adults and those needing senior home care to establish realistic, measurable objectives focused on enhancing health, relationships, and purpose – no matter what date the calendar reads.


Setting Personal Goals

When establishing 2024 goals and New Year wishes, older adults should focus first on enhancing personal well-being and tidying up neglected spaces. For example:

  • Clearing the Clutter: Organizational expert, Marie Kondo suggests you make a goal to sort through belongings and keep only items that spark joy and purpose. Our living spaces impact our mental health, decluttering can clear the mind and make room for new things.
  • Prioritizing Self-Care: Rather than setting a vague goal to “lose weight”, make smart goals to adopt one new healthy habit per month – whether it’s cutting out unhealthy snacks or going on nightly walks.
  • Learning New Technology: Set a goal to master video chat programs to connect face-to-face with loved ones. Or set a goal to establish an email account to talk with old friends. Leveraging technology can help facilitate connections with those who mean the most to us.


Establishing Family Goals

In addition to personal objectives, Parkwood Home Care encourages older adults to pursue new family goals aimed at togetherness and preserving legacy.

  • Launching New Traditions: Make a goal to gather extended family at least every other month to share meaningful stories, pass down recipes, and impart wisdom – encouraging intergenerational bonding.
  • Expressing Gratitude: Set a goal to send one handwritten note every week or two to family or friends who have made a difference or whom you miss connecting with. Gratitude builds relationships and opens the door for more communication.
  • Documenting Histories: Catalog family artifacts, photos, and diaries. Set goals around compiling memoirs, recording oral histories, and drafting ethical wills focused on transmitting values. Preserve your legacy while also intentionally making new memories with those you care about.

By providing a supportive environment and tailored resources, Parkwood Home Care aims to inspire and enable seniors to create lasting memories, strengthen familial bonds, and pass down their wisdom and values to future generations.


The Encouragement of a New Year

While many individuals tend to abandon their resolutions shortly after the start of the new year, it is important for older adults to reframe their intentions as ongoing and realistic goals. By doing so, they can empower themselves to focus on their health, purpose, and deeper connections throughout the year 2024. As a trusted leader in homecare Nova Scotia, Parkwood Home Care encourages seniors to embrace the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

We extend our warmest wishes to our residents and their families for a happy New Year 2024. Rest assured, we are committed to providing unwavering support to help you achieve your New Year wishes and goals. Together, let’s make 2024 a remarkable year filled with growth, happiness, and fulfillment!

Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.