Having made it through more new years than most and with more years under their belt in general, Camelot in Broussard residents offer their insights and wisdom into making the best New Year’s resolutions and sharing some of their own.
Some of the residents say resolutions have made a big difference in their lives — and others say they’ve never had time or interest in making resolutions for the upcoming year.
Here’s a sampling of some residents’ thoughts on New Year’s resolutions as we enter 2021:
For Barbara Arceneaux, 82, the dawn of a new year comes with a new perspective and new challenges. Even so, she is facing the year with a smile and her best attitude. Charlie Arceneaux, her husband of 62 years, passed away on Dec. 6 — and life without him is taking some getting used for Barbara. She says her resolution for the new year is inspired by the life she shared with her husband and honors his memory.
“When he died, I asked God for strength and dignity. I’m hoping I can make a new life and want that to be my focus as we start the new year,” Arceneaux said.
Even so, she has her doubts about resolutions.
“I’m not certain that resolutions really work,” she said. “I believe you need to make promises to yourself. If you need to lose weight, for example, don’t make a resolution. Make a promise to yourself. Make a promise to yourself that you like yourself better than you’ve been treating yourself — I lost 88 pounds doing that!”
Bonnie Hardy says her resolution for 2021 is to help people and never let go of the things she can do and the things enjoys doing.
“I believe in the importance of keeping on and pushing yourself,” she says. “When you stop, you lose it.”
Emma Montgomery, a Lafayette native, says her resolution is to continue doing what God wants her to do. Her advice for others is simple.
“Enjoy yourself in all of life,” Montgomery, 72, said. “I wish I would have known 30 or 40 years ago that I would still be here!”
Wiley Touchet, 84, says he’s lived a clean life and his resolution for 2020 is to do more of the same.
“I never smoked. I didn’t drink,” said Touchet, originally from Broussard. “I hope to continue to do right and hope others do the same.”
Touchet adds that he believes it’s important for everyone to respect the religions of others.
“I also believe in being grateful — and I’m grateful that the folks here treat me right!” he said. “They take good care of me here. I hope they keep on doing just that!”
Jessie Grafton, 85, says she is not a believer in resolutions.
“I never did fool with those things!” she said with a laugh. “I knew darn well that I wouldn’t keep them.”
Even still, Grafton, originally from Jena, does have some advice for those planning on making resolutions for the coming year.
She says, “Be sure you’re going to keep a resolution before you make one!”
Residents aren’t the only ones making resolutions. Abby Aucoin – Regional Therapy Manager has thoughts on the new year too. She says her resolution this year is to continue working on finding something good each day and, when applicable, letting the other person or people involved, share in the good vibes they were a part of.
“If I walk into a facility and see a therapist, a housekeeper, a nurse, etc. doing something kind, my goal is to tell them what I saw and to thank them for being so compassionate in this field of work,” Aucoin said.
She would also like to not allow herself to become complacent and to strive to be more and do more.
“Not just for myself personally but professionally,” she said. “I want to constantly think, ‘How can I make CCI therapy better?’ And in turn, make CCI as a company better.”
Aucoin says her remaining goal for 2020 is a challenging one. She wants to help change a part of CCI’s culture and language.
“I would like to use the word ‘community’ instead of ‘facility,’” she said. “Words can change worlds! I need to focus on that in my every day practice at work.”
She also prefers the words ‘care partners’ over ‘caregivers.’
“All of us that are employed in the nursing home or ‘community’ should think of ourselves as a care partner for the residents we serve — and this means we should allow them to do as much for themselves as possible, with patience on our end as the majority of residents within our communities have some type of dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory loss. At every stage of dementia, there is something the patient can do and we should allow them to do so.”
Happy 2021 to one and all!