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Top Five New Year's Resolutions for Seniors


By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest -- You're never too old to make - and keep - New Year's resolutions. With 2014 just a few weeks away, SCAN Health Plan Arizona offers five simple resolutions focused on helping seniors stay healthy and independent (see also SCAN Health Plan).

1. Celebrate often. "For some, birthdays and other milestones are dreaded reminders of aging," said Toni Coleman, SCAN's community outreach representative. "In reality we should celebrate our achievements." Celebrations bring joy and fellowship, which is healthy at any age.

2. Eat colorfully. A healthy diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, which bring vibrant color to any meal. "From the time we were young, our parents told us to eat our vegetables. Well, it's never too late to start," noted Coleman.

3. Move it. Exercise offers physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Whether you go for a leisurely walk or join a yoga class, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.

4. Get checked. Schedule your annual check-up, and be sure you're current on all of your screenings and immunizations.

5. Be social. Look for opportunities to get together with others. "You can go to a senior center, become a volunteer, or just meet a friend for coffee," suggested Coleman. "It doesn't have to be elaborate, but connecting with other people is important for our mental health as we age."

To help support seniors with their 2014 New Year's resolutions, SCAN is offering a free presentation called "Active Everyday" on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m.-noon. It will take place at the Medicare Health Benefits Resource Center at 2716 South 6th Avenue in Tucson. While there is no cost to attend, registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 855-901-7226, ext. 3420.

On Jan. 8, SCAN is sponsoring the 4th Annual Gather the Elders event, which features presentations from wise elders, Qigong and Laughter Yoga classes, and a "Circle of Meaning" gathering. The event is from 9 a.m.-noon at the Junior League Kiva, 2099 East River Road in Tucson. To reserve a spot, call the Center for Community Dialogue at 520-323-1708, ext. 504.

For 35 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing exclusively on the unique needs of seniors and others on Medicare. The company currently has nearly 150,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at or on Facebook at

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