We started our week with some fun music provided by entertainers John and Kay. Polka music was the theme this month. I saw many tapping toes! On Tuesday we celebrated our Italian Theme day. I recently took a trip to Italy, so for an activity on Italian day, I presented a travelogue for the residents. To my surprise the room was full and they told me how much they enjoyed it. Their such a great audience. Andrew came and played his violin for us during our Italian lunch. It was so classy and enjoyable! With this very hot weather we have been sticking close to home. Next week the weather looks much more tolerable. No doubt we will be out on adventures again!
With all the extreme heat we have been having remember to check on the elderly and children who are very high risk for heat exhaustion. Remember to hydrate which is extremely important. Here is a brief overview, signs and symptoms and when to contact your physician.
Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.
Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.
Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise. Possible heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:
1)Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
2) Heavy sweating
6) Weak, rapid pulse
Low blood pressure upon standing
When to see a doctor
If you think you're experiencing heat exhaustion:
1) Stop all activity and rest
2) Move to a cooler place
3) Drink cool water or sports drinks
Contact your doctor if your signs or symptoms worsen or if they don't improve within one hour. If you are with someone showing signs of heat exhaustion, seek immediate medical attention if he or she becomes confused or agitated, loses consciousness, or is unable to drink. You will need immediate cooling and urgent medical attention if your core body temperature (measured by a rectal thermometer) reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher.
Dehydration is a common and very serious condition for older adults. The best thing to do is try to prevent it from happening, but it’s much easier said than done to increase their fluid intake!
It’s important to prevent dehydration because it’s a common cause of hospitalization in people over 65 and can even cause death.
It can also cause other major health problems like kidney stones, blood clot complications, passing out, rapid but weak pulse, and lowered blood pressure. Being properly hydrated is also very important for certain medications to work.
6 ways to get seniors to drink more water
1. Remember there are many sources of fluids
Older adults don’t have to drink only plain water to get hydrated. Coffee, tea, fruit juice, sweetened beverages, fruits, and vegetables all contain water. If your senior really hates drinking fluids, serve them more foods with high water content to increase their hydration.
2. Keep water easily accessible
Sometimes, making it easy for seniors to serve themselves could encourage them to drink more water. Try putting a lightweight pitcher of water and a cup near their favorite seat.
3. Experiment with beverages at different temperatures
Your senior may prefer hot drinks to cold, or the other way around. Experiment to find out which type they like better. Try warming up juices, making decaf iced coffee with cream, or adding soda water to make drinks bubbly.
4. Try something savory
Those who like savory foods may enjoy drinking hot soup broth. The broth can come from a can, box, or powder, but some older adults really like it – especially in cold weather.
5. Make Popsicle
Homemade Popsicle made from fruit juice or a mix of juice and water are a great summer treat. But they’re also a great way to get fluids into your senior.
6. Offer smoothies, milkshakes, Ensure, sports drinks
Some stubborn older adults may really resist drinking fluids. If so, you can try enticing them with smoothies, milkshakes, Ensure, or sports drinks. Sometimes they’ll like the flavor or texture and be willing to drink these beverages.
Be careful of health issues and check with the doctor when you have questions. For example, don’t give high sodium drinks to someone with high blood pressure, milkshakes to someone already overweight with high cholesterol, or heavily sweetened drinks to a diabetic.
Hopefully everyone recovered from the Fourth of July festivities which lasted into the weekend in many areas! We have so much fun with friends, family and food that we often do not think about the history of our Great Nation! So here you go with a brief one!
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!
So there you have it in a nutshell! I know that God's Blessings continue to flow to this Great Nation and often we take it for granted! So remember to be thankful for what we have as a lot of nations do not have the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy everyday! Thank you to all our service people for your dedication and especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice! We will NEVER forget! GOD BLESS THE USA
This week we took advantage of good weather and used the bus 3 different days. Monday, we went for a ride and enjoyed ice cream cones. This is likely the most popular outing we do. No matter the age, we love our ice cream!
On Tuesday, a group went over to the Fulton Cultural Center to look at the beautiful hand made wind mills. Wednesday a big group went to Culvers for lunch. It's fun to go out to lunch and order food that your hungry for!
We ended our week celebrating National Graham Cracker Day. Some of the ladies helped frost the crackers and decorate them. But, everyone got to enjoy them!