It’s almost 2020, and we can’t help but mutter our usual words: “New year, new me.” Goals for the elderly or disabled loved one in your life could possibly be something you want to focus on for your new year’s resolutions. When setting these goals consider the following items to ensure your 2020 starts off right on track.

Set S.M.A.R.T goals

Think about setting S.M.A.R.T goals to start your new year off right. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Help an elderly loved one set out these goals, even write them down, then assign benchmarks in each to measure success. For example, perhaps a goal is to socialize more in 2020. Consider “how” you can make that happen, a number of social events to attend, and by which time of the year you want to hit that goal.

Research Tools

After establishing your S.M.A.R.T goals, begin researching the tools to make reaching these goals a breeze. If the goal for you or your loved one to be more social in 2020, an agenda or planner may be a useful tool to aid you in the process. Perhaps the goal is to be more healthy. A Fitbit or smartwatch can easily track steps throughout the day and can even alert when progress on the daily goal is being lost.

Have a Positive Attitude

Nothing helps you have a great year like a positive attitude! Being optimistic about your goals and challenges ahead only creates a greater chance for success. Staying positive not only releases chemicals in your brain that make you more motivated, and happier!