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Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe in the Heat: Water, Water Everywhere
Seniors are more at risk for dehydration in general because they have a lower fluid content and a decreased thirst response. So the trick to staying hydrated, especially when it’s really hot, is to drink plenty of water, even when you don’t feel thirsty.
Many medications can cause dehydration, such as beta-blockers and diuretics prescribed for people with high blood pressure. Some allergy or anxiety medications trick our bodies into not sweating and as a result, we don’t FEEL hot so we don’t drink water.
It’s critical to understand how a senior’s medications are affected by the heat. Read the drug insert, research it online or consult with a physician.
Staying hydrated can prevent dizziness that often accompanies dehydration – and since dizziness can increase the risk of falls, drinking lots of water can reduce the likelihood of a fall-related injury.
Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe in the Heat: How to Stay Cool
Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe in the Heat: Managing Medications
As we age, we often become more sensitive to medications and high heat can make it worse.
Medications for high blood pressure like beta-blockers and diuretics can make some people dehydrated, which can be exacerbated by high heat.
Some allergy or anxiety medications trick our bodies into not feeling overheated which can lead to dehydration or heatstroke.
If someone you know is taking medications like these, it’s important to check on them regularly when it’s hot. Make sure they are taking the appropriate dose, staying hydrated and staying out of the heat.
This article was submitted by Synergy HOMECARE in Daphne, AL and can be reached at 251-621-1900.
Safe Weight Loss Strategies for Older AdultsMaintaining a healthy weight is an important goal at any age. However, as we age, it can get trickier and more challenging to drop any excess weight we may be carrying. Especially those pesky holiday pounds. When it comes to losing weight, weight loss strategies for older adults should prioritize safety and long-term health rather than quick fixes.Although they are becoming increasingly popular, weight loss drugs arent always the most effective or safest method for weight loss. The same goes for the trendy fad diets you read about online. When it comes to losing weight, you need to look at it as a marathon, not a sprint.Adopting sustainable lifestyle changes is crucial for shedding excess pounds while safeguarding against potential health risks. Whether youre looking to slim down or just maintain a healthy weight, here are some healthy and safe weight loss strategies for older adults that will help you along your journey to Better HealthPlace Focus on Balanced NutritionA well-balanced diet is the foundation for healthy weight loss. Focus on nutrient-dense foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limiting processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive salt intake is crucial for maintaining optimal health. Set a goal to eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable at every meal and for every snack. Incorporate avocados into your diet to increase your healthy fats. Instead of white pasta or rice, swap it out for brown or whole wheat. Making little adjustments to your diet can produce big rewards for weight loss.Practice Portion ControlControlling portion sizes is vital for managing caloric intake. Losing weight is all about burning more calories than you eat or drink. And if you focus on consuming fewer calories through portion control, that will make it easier to do so. Older adults may find it helpful to use smaller plates, which can create the illusion of a fuller plate and contribute to reduced portion sizes. Additionally, paying attention to hunger and fullness cues can prevent overeating. Youve heard the saying, Eating with your eyes. Well, you want to do the exact opposite and eat with your stomach. Dont rely on visual cues like a clean plate to stop eating. Listen to your stomach and stop when you feel full.Drink Up to Stay HydratedDrinking an adequate amount of water is crucial for overall health and can support weight loss. Sometimes, the body can confuse thirst with hunger, leading to unnecessary calorie consumption. Drinking water before meals can also contribute to a feeling of fullness, reducing the likelihood of overeating. Make it a goal to increase your water intake throughout the day. If you get bored with water, try swapping still water for sparkling. If you still crave something different, drink liquids that have some sort of nutritional value, such as broth and 100% fruit juice with no added sugar. You can also hydrate through your food. Oranges and cucumbers are great foods that offer a hydration boost. Participate In Regular ExerciseEngaging in regular physical activity is essential for weight loss and maintaining muscle mass. Again you want to burn more calories than you consume. Older adults should incorporate a mix of aerobic exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises into their routine. Its advisable to start slowly and gradually increase intensity, focusing on activities that are enjoyable and sustainable. Make realistic and attainable goals. Instead of saying youre going to work out every single day, set a goal to walk for 15 minutes three days a week. Then, gradually work up to every single day. Get Adequate SleepAdequate sleep is a crucial yet often underestimated factor in successful weight loss. Research consistently shows that insufficient sleep can disrupt hormonal balance, affecting key regulators of hunger and satiety. Furthermore, inadequate sleep can impair glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, promoting the storage of excess calories as fat. Prioritize quality sleep by aiming for seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night. Monitor Your Progress GraduallyWeight loss strategies require monitoring your progress. However, rather than focusing solely on the scale, you should monitor progress through various measures, including changes in energy levels, improved mobility, and better overall well-being. Celebrating small victories can help maintain motivation and reinforce positive lifestyle changes. Again, losing and maintaining a healthy weight is a marathon. Consult with a Healthcare ProfessionalReady to take charge of your health and achieve your weight loss goals? Look no further! Contact a VIPcare primary care provider today at 251-257-2886 and embark on a personalized journey towards a healthier, happier you. With our expert guidance and support, together, we can make your wellness aspirations a reality. Don't wait any longeryour best self awaits!
Wings of Comfort: The Retreat Hospice by Saad Outdoor Oasis Transformed by Home Depot's GenerosityAt The Retreat Hospice by Saad, a haven dedicated to providing compassionate care during life's final season, an extraordinary transformation unfolded in 2023, thanks to the benevolent partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. This collaboration showcases the power of community service and highlights the incredible impact that thoughtful gestures can have on the lives of those facing the challenges of hospice care.Each year, local Home Depot stores rally theireams, resources, and expertise for community improvement projects. The range of initiatives is vast, from building homes for veterans to crafting bird sanctuaries for families in need. The Retreat Hospice became a recipient of Home Depot's volunteer projects, turning their grounds into a serene haven for patients and their families.Brian Clifford, the local Home Depot manager, collaborated closely with the dedicated team at Saad to bring to life a project that would resonate with the unique needs of Southern Alabama's population. The result was an oasis designed to connect patients with the tranquility found in nature, particularly through the enchanting world of native birds.One heartwarming suggestion from the family of a guest at The Retreat Hospice led to the creation of bird-friendly spaces visible from patient rooms. When the opportunity arose for Home Depot to enhance the hospice's grounds, the decision was clear a project that aligned with the desires of those seeking solace in the beauty of nature.Home Depot's generous donation included over 20 unique birdhouses, bird baths, feeders, vibrant flowers for a butterfly garden, lush shrubbery, potted plants, and new rock lining the walking trails. The transformation aimed to offer guests and their loved ones a variety of spaces for reflection, connection, and respite.The birdhouses, strategically hung from trees just outside each patients porch, have become focal points where families can be found rocking together, sharing laughter, shedding tears, reading, or simply enjoying quiet moments alone. The addition of beautifully landscaped areas and improved walking trails further enhances the hospice's commitment to providing a peaceful and comforting environment.The collaboration between The Retreat Hospice and Home Depot represents more than just physical improvements; it symbolizes a community coming together to support one another. The project not only contributes to the well-being of current patients and their families but also leaves a lasting legacy of compassion and kindness.To Home Depot, The Retreat Hospice expresses heartfelt gratitude for the choice to partner with them. The generosity and joyful service displayed by Home Depot's "army in orange" have left an indelible mark on the hospice's mission to care for the community with excellence. This transformative project will continue to be a source of comfort and solace for those navigating the final season of life, reminding everyone involved of the profound impact that acts of kindness can have on the human spirit. The Retreat Hospice by Saad is a private, freestanding hospice respite located in Mobile, Alabama. They offer 24-hour resort-level care. Contact the Retreat Hospice by Saad at 251-380-3810.
Guardianship Versus Powers of AttorneyOne of the most common questions I get as a practicing elder law attorney is, what is the difference between guardianship and a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a document that a person executes when they are competent to appoint someone to be their agent for either healthcare matters, financial matters or both. The defining characteristics of powers of attorney is that it is a voluntary action by the person, and it can be revoked at any time so a power of attorney cannot be used to trump someones free will in order to place them in a facility for example, against their wishes.A guardianship is a process where one typically files a pleading, requesting to be appointed as a persons guardian. In this case, we must demonstrate that the person we seek to protect is incompetent to manage either their healthcare, or their finances, or both.The guardianship typically comes about in two primary ways. First, if the person we seek to protect never executed a power of attorney, and now is incapable, a guardianship would be necessary in order to handle things like an admission to a hospital or long-term care facility because no one has been appointed to consent to treatment for them. Second is a situation where the person we seek to protect is actively combative to the plan in place to handle their health matters. In this case, we must seek guardianship in order to overcome their wishes, particularly if they are unwise. For example, if your parent develops dementia, but insists that there is nothing wrong with them, that they should continue to drive and live independently and manage their medication, despite evidence that those things are dangerous in their current condition, guardianship is typically necessary in order to restrict their freedom.In some states, like Florida, the guardianship will also cover financial matters. in Alabama, the conservatorship is established at the same time as a guardianship in order to handle healthcare matters for those cases where there is no power of attorney, and the conservatorship is necessary in order pay their bills, access finances, and so forth.To establish financial guardianship, no matter what its called, we typically must be bonded so the person who is applying must be credit worthy and able to obtain a bond from a surety company. This ensures that the persons financial well-being is well taken care of. If there is no one available, or if no one wishes to handle finances, every county typically has, or can appoint someone, as a county conservator to serve as that persons conservator. This is helpful in cases where its a very difficult or complex financial situation. Then it may be preferable to have a professional appointed and giving a relatively small fee for doing so. This leaves the guardian to care for the healthcare of the individual without the added stress of complicated financial matters. Contact an elder attorney for more information about what your needs are and please dont put off executing a power of attorney in favor of those people that you trust as soon as you can to avoid what could be difficult and unnecessary proceedings in Probate Court down the road.This article was contributed by Kyla Kelim with Aging in Alabama. Kyla is an experienced Elder Law attorney. Contact Kyla at 251-281-8120.
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