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Set Realistic Goals for the New Year and Beyond

Baby boomers are more likely to achieve New Year’s resolutions by making meaningful long-range resolutions for their second act of life.

older couple sitting on benchBy focusing on goals that really matter to you in the context of your entire future, rather than a single year, you are more likely to accomplish your goals.

Here are common baby boomers’ New Year’s resolutions and some tips to keep them:

Be more active – This is an important lifestyle habit that can impact your future quality of life. Find an activity or two that you enjoy and make it a routine.

Eat more healthfully – Losing weight can be difficult as you age because your metabolism slows. Instead of dieting, focus on healthful eating.

Travel more often – Baby boomers often dream about the time when they can travel. Seek information now about making travel more affordable.

Assess retirement savings – Being financially well is important as you age so you can maintain a desired standard of living and meet future needs. Plan ahead by budgeting for health and long-term care expenses.

Volunteer – Local charitable organizations always are looking for volunteers. Check out the many ways to volunteer that match your interests or skills.

Reflect on your second act – Take the time to reflect on the future you desire. Assess the changes you need to make to create a successful second act.

Source: Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension gerontology specialist, 701-231-5948,

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