August 2018 - The Wesley Communities

Peg’s Perspective: More about a good attitude. . .

Tip # 5
“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”
As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!
Peg’s Perspective:   More about a good attitude. . .
As I walked across the driveway from my office to the main lobby at Wesley Glen this morning, three residents were outside singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” with their strong and smooth voices.
“Oh, what a beautiful morning
Oh, what a beautiful day
I have a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way.”
If you remember the movie Oklahoma and this song, I am quite sure you now have the tune in your head. (And if you do not, please look it up on Youtube, you won’t regret it.)
This line of the song hits three aspects of keeping a positive attitude:

  1. ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning’–Wake up, breathe in the fresh air and look around at all things for which you are grateful.  This is an excellent way to begin every day.
  2. ‘Oh, what a beautiful day’–Throughout the day remember to stop and see the beauty.  Take a walk…spend timewith family…do something that you love every day.
  3. I have a wonderful feeling, everything’s going my way’–Keep a positive outlook on life, even when something worrisome occurs.  Step back and realize that although you are not in control of the situation, you are in control of how you react to it.

I know the residents who were singing this morning, and I promise you, they are interested and interesting, but their lives have not been without hardships.  And yet, sometimes-oftentimes, actually- if you expect a beautiful morning, you will receive a beautiful morning.
So, how to age well?   Focus on the positive and face the negative with a few deep breaths and the knowledge that “This too shall pass.”   It will.
“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.”   Swedish Proverb

Staying Hydrated When It’s Hot!

By: Lisa Kaylor Wolfe
It is important for people of all ages to stay hydrated when it’s hot. But when it comes to seniors, it’s even more vital. As we age, individuals tend to hold less water, which can quickly lead to dehydration, and many times we also lose the ability to perceive how thirsty we truly are. Without this perception of thirst, we often will not drink as much as we once did.
Here are a few tips for staying hydrated, especially in the summer heat:
Don’t wait to experience thirst
As mentioned above, many older adults do not perceive thirst as they once did. But even when they do experience thirst, it is already too late. The effects of dehydration begin before you get the sensation of thirst. The best way to ensure you are drinking water—without relying on thirst as an indicator—is to place reminders on your phone and around your house.  When these reminders go off, or you see that sticky note on your countertop, grab an 8-ounce glass of water.
Another recommendation is for individuals to think of something they do frequently.  For example, many people read, listen to the radio, or watch tv. When a new chapter is reached, or a commercial comes on, let that be a cue to take a sip of water. Sips of water regularly throughout the day help us stay hydrated while avoiding the need to consume large quantities of fluid at once.
Eat your water
Fruits and vegetables often have a high-water content.  Some of the highest include watermelon, cucumbers, and grapefruit.  By incorporating these foods into your diet, you can drink less water while maintaining your fluid intake for the day.
Avoid excess alcohol consumption
A glass or two of wine is generally okay, but drinking alcohol in excess can lead to dehydration. It may lead to excess urine output, and, in severe cases, vomiting, which may all lead to dehydration. When drinking alcohol, have a glass of water before you begin. Then alternate between an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water. Before bed, be sure to have one last glass of water.
If you ever experience symptoms of dehydration, such as dry mouth, headache, dry skin, or dizziness, it is important to seek medical attention.