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When we think of goals, we think of those that we set when we are young and trying to build our lives, families, and careers. However, goals are important as we age as well; they can improve the quality of life and personal health as well. When it comes to living a happy, fulfilled life, goals are the markers along the way. They are the things that tell us how we are doing and what we have accomplished. If your loved one is beginning to feel that there is nothing left for them to do and one day feels no different than the next, it may be time to set goals. Life coaches use goal setting as inspiration and motivation, and that can work for your senior too, serving to uplift and engage them in life.
  • Goals give you something to focus on- they move your forward and motivate you. A written goal is a reminder of what you need to accomplish. Goals help us believe in ourselves. They are the inspiration necessary to accomplish things we never thought were possible.
  • Goals help us to live life to the fullest and make the most of our time and our days. They are like the itinerary we create for ourselves when we are on vacation so that we won’t miss important sights and monuments.
The National Institutes of Health newsletter, NIH Senior Health says that goal setting is the best way to improve physical activity for seniors. Setting short term goals can help them to successfully make physical activity a part of daily life. Here are the NIH recommendations: Think about the things you'll need to do to be physically active. For example, you may need to buy walking shoes or set your alarm to wake up in time to walk. Set short-term goals, for example:
  • Today, I will decide to be more active.
  • Tomorrow, I will find out about exercise classes in my area.
  • By the end of this week, I will talk with my friend about exercising with me a couple of times a week.
  • In the next 2 weeks, I will make sure I have the shoes and comfortable clothes I need to start walking.
No matter what the starting point, reaching short-term goals will make your loved one feel good and increase self-confidence. Home Care Assistance caregivers can help your loved one to set and work toward personal goals. Our Balanced Care Method™ teaches caregivers the importance of nutrition, exercise, social ties, mental and spiritual health, and how all these things can contribute to longevity and wellbeing for seniors and individuals of all ages. Caregivers are also trained in knowing what foods are the most beneficial, depending on the client’s health, habits and goals. Our focus is to raise the quality of care for your loved one and to improve aging. Helping them to achieve their health and daily life goals is an important part of that effort.
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