Personal Goal Setting for Seniors

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A wise man once said, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” People who wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose live the happiest lives. Happiness is prevalent in the Okinawa island. It is located south of Japan and has the largest population of centenarians. And “if you’re looking for lifelong happiness, look to Okinawa.” What’s their secret? Well, they live with a sense of purpose, a reason for being.


After retirement, it is very easy for the elderly to fall into depression because all the responsibilities they once had are no more. However, this is the best time for seniors to do things they wished they had done or dreams they left under the rug.


Here are a few examples of personal goals for seniors:

  • Family time: Spending time with family and friends during the weekends
  • Exercise: Taking a walk outside every night.
  • Creativity: Writing a book or publishing an article.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering at the public library
  • Personal development: Reading a book every morning or learning a new skill.


Why is goal setting important for seniors?

The National Institutes Health says that goal setting is the best way to improve physical activity for seniors.


A study has shown that, on average, people’s satisfaction with their life gradually increases when their ages are beyond 50. As people age, they tend to spend their time on things that matter like meaningful relationships. 


Could it be that living longer years enhances a person’s life happiness? Well, you know the famous proverb in Okinawa? At 70, you are but children, at 80, you are merely a youth, and at 90 if the ancestors invite you into heaven, ask them to wait until you are 100, and then you might consider it.


Here are ways by which personal goal setting enhances seniors well-being.


Physical: Goal setting can affect a senior’s health and wellness. It improves health conditions and overall well-being. Assisting the elderly in setting short and long-term goals on physical fitness can go a long way in improving their health. Physical health involves fitness, outdoor activities, proper nutrition, and games. Consider working with seniors to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day or every other day.


Social: Goal setting can create a sense of happiness. As they work closely with family members and caregivers to accomplish their goals, they develop stronger bonds and fond memories. Goal setting can help seniors feel they have a strong support system. Consider working with them and cheering them on. Volunteering could also bring a surge of happiness because it brings a feeling of being useful. 


Mental: Goal setting can reduce the risk of depression in seniors and enhance mental health. Research shows that “people who have a great sense of purpose in life are more likely to have slower rates of mental decline, even as plaques and tangles develop in their brains.”

Goal setting can help seniors with memory loss and enhance their quality of life. Consider participating in mentally engaging activities with seniors.



“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” It’s never too late for anyone to set goals. 


Here at GYC, we help our seniors set personal goals. We are not just caregivers; we also act as friends and accountability partners. So, if you are looking for caregivers who go the extra mile to help seniors live better lives, look no further, GYC is here to help.

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