New Year. New Goals. Helping Seniors Stick to Them.

Author: Jeanne Seltzer
A female trainer helps an elder male while he works out on a stationary workout bike

Every year, around January 1, most of us make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Seems like it’s human nature to be introspective at this time and take a look at what we’d like to improve. At Hebrew SeniorLife, our seniors have many New Year’s resolutions, including many that may be on your list.

At Jack Satter House, in Revere, the residents’ list of resolutions include:

  • Join a book club
  • Work on balance by practicing tai chi
  • Ride a horse
  • Take a cruise from Boston to Bermuda
  • Volunteer at Jack Satter House
  • Make better, more mindful food choices
  • Lose weight (always a popular goal)

To help meet their goals, residents can participate in Hebrew SeniorLife’s Vitalize 360 program, an innovative health and wellness program that is a part of life in all HSL communities. With the help of a Vitalize 360 coach, residents look at the 360 degree view – health, nutrition, physical and mental fitness, community links, and lifelong learning – and develop new life goals.

“At Jack Satter House, we have more than 100 participants in the Vitalize 360 program,” says Lisa Meola, Jack Satter House’s Vitalize 360 coach and fitness director. “I always ask the participants, ‘Where do you see yourself in six months? And how can I help you get there?’”

Lisa says one of her seniors’ goals was to “get rid of my walker.” Lisa helped her with regular strengthening exercises, and reminded her to get to the gym to do them regularly…eventually she was able to eliminate the walker.

Even if the resident doesn’t participate in Vitalize 360, Lisa says she is there to encourage the seniors to keep their New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight, which is probably the most common resolution for many of us. According to Lisa, one resident lost over 100 pounds! A success story for sure.

Her advice on keeping a New Year’s resolution? “Start small,” Lisa advises. “Instead of saying ‘I’ll go to the gym every day,’ try setting a goal of getting to the gym twice a week. It’s more realistic…and doable.”

For inspiration, Lisa points to a photo of a 100-year-old woman who continues to teach yoga. “It’s never too late to start a plan for better health,” she says. I can’t agree more.

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About Jeanne Seltzer

Development Communications Manager

Jeanne Seltzer is a Development Communications Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on creating development and marketing communications. Jeanne has a background in journalism, fundraising communications, and marketing communications. She has written for American Public Television, WGBH, Boston Magazine...

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