Have a Star-Spangled Summer!
Caregiving Tips to Make This Summer the Best!
Summer is heating up! We have some great hydration and safety tips for you and your loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Here's what is in store:
  • Know the Warning Signs of Dehydration 
  • Avoiding Slips this Summer
  • 4th of July Trivia
Read on...
July Activities are Sunny and Bright!
We are ready to make summer memories; our calendar is loaded with activities and special events. Check out what is on the schedule.

Jot Down This Date:
  • July 16 at 4 pm - Caregiver Support Group Meeting
Know the Warning Signs of Dehydration 
How to Stay Hydrated

Getting plenty of fluids each day is important to good health. As we age, we might lose some sense of thirst, so it is important to stay hydrated. Learn the warning signs of dehydration:  
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dizziness when standing or foggy thinking
  • Feeling tired
  • Urinating less than usual
Stay Hydrated
Make fluid intake part of your daily routine. For those with dementia, try creating a beverage-whip up a smoothie or make lemonade--as an activity together. Try these tips for getting enough fluids:

Pouring water from bottle into glass on blue background
  • Take sips of a beverage between bites during meals.
  • Drink a full glass of water when you take a pill.
  • Avoid drinks that have sugar and caffeine.
  • Find the perfect vessel (a fancy new tumbler perhaps) for drinking and add liquids throughout the day. 

Avoiding Slips this Summer: Ways to Stay Safe

Did you know that those with memory loss or dementia are 4 to 5 times greater at risk for falling than seniors without impairment?
If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.
The most effective fall prevention plan is the one suited for the individual. Assessing health risks such as vision, dizziness, stability, and strength can be a good start. Below are a few steps you can take to help a loved one reduce their risk of a fall:

1. Evaluate Deficiencies - Review effects of current medications, assess vision health, and identify any pain points. Notice if they are holding on for support when walking or if they appear to have difficulty getting up from a seated position. 


2.  Declutter - Do a safety walk-through of the home; ensuring it is well-lit, pathways are cleared of clutter and slip-prone areas like the bathroom have grab bars properly secured. 


3.  Provide Support - Emphasize safety. Stand by to assist when resident is getting up. Employ walkers or canes for additional support when walking.

Learn more about fall prevention tips in the article below.

Trivia - On this Day: 4th of July
  • Fireworks were a part of observances from the very first on July 4, 1777. Shooting fireworks was John Adams' idea.
  • In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday for the first time. Out of respect for worship services, the holiday was officially moved to Monday, July 5.
  • On July 4, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson officially announced the Louisiana Purchase.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence that went on to be President, died on the same day: July 4, 1826.
  • On July 4, 1636, Providence, Rhode Island, was founded. In 1802, West Point, the United States Military Academy opened.
  • In 1886, the people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
  • In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder space probe landed on the surface of Mars.
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