A: The new year is upon us, and I have become older and hopefully wiser. New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve have as many traditions as any holiday we celebrate. How many older Americans remember ringing in the new year with Guy Lombardo? He popularized the song “Auld Lang Syne” and turned it into a New Year’s tradition; it was surely be played around the country at midnight.
Another tradition is the big ball at Times Square; many people stand in the cold and watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, while we watch it on television, hosted by Dick Clark.
Another tradition at New Year’s Eve is the resolutions made by individuals. It is a way to reflect on previous year’s mistakes and resolve to improve oneself in the New Year. While the old faithful resolutions are still there, this year we recommend making resolutions to prevent injury and illness. Eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water (no one drinks enough water), exercise more or walk more, participate in cognitive activities such as playing brain games — trivia on the computer, for example — or any activities that make you think. Make your home safer. Add lighting where needed, remove cords that are in the walk ways, tape down rug corners. Make appointments with your medical provider and stay ahead of the “health game.” Happy New Year!
Information provided by Jill Scott, executive director, Windsor Manor Assisted Living Community, 1401 Wall St., Webster City, 515-832-1188.