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June 2014

Refreshing Summer Beverages

As the temperatures begin to rise, it is important to get enough to drink as it keeps the body from overheating. Proper hydration plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle for everyone – especially for seniors because their ability to conserve water diminishes with age. While water is the best option for hydration on a hot summer day, sometimes it just gets boring!

For a refreshing alternative to water, try one of our summer beverage recipes. They’re packed with flavor and are sure to quench your thirst.

Drink Up!

 

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Herbal Lemonade

Herbal Lemonade

2 packages   Crystal Light Lemonade

2 – 3               Sprigs of fresh mint

2 – 3               Leaves of fresh basil

1                      Sprig of fresh rosemary

1                      Sprig of fresh dill

Directions

Mix lemonade and water in container as directed on package. Stir vigorously, muddling the herbs to release flavor. Chill for several hours. Add ice and serve.


Cucumber Chill Water

1 gallon        Water

1                      Cucumber, thinly sliced

1                      Lemon, thinly sliced

3                      Sprigs of fresh mint

Directions

Add cucumber, lemon and mint sprigs to water. Chill for several hours. Add ice and serve.


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Orange, Lime and Rosemary Water

Orange, Lime and Rosemary Water

1 gallon                    Water

1                                  Lime, thinly sliced

1 /2                            Orange, thinly sliced

1                                  Sprig of fresh rosemary

Directions

Add lime, orange and rosemary sprig to water. Chill for several hours. Add ice and serve.

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Tips for Traveling with Seniors

family-vacationIf your summer vacation plans include traveling with an elderly family member or loved one, be sure to plan ahead so your trip is enjoyable for everyone.

1.  Consult with a doctor for travel approval.

Get approval from your senior’s doctor before heading out on your trip. Make sure your plans are appropriate for their limitations and be sure to ask their doctor for any specific travel tips or restrictions. Also be sure to get prescriptions for their medications and to get them filled before you leave.

2.  Arrange for special accommodations or services ahead of time.

Make sure you schedule ahead for any special accommodations that may be needed such as a wheelchair / walker, a special seat assignment, dietary needs or a handicapped accessible hotel room.

3.  Prepare necessary documentation and identification.

Be sure to have all travel and medical documentation in order: driver’s license or ID, tickets, itineraries, Medicare card, insurance card, and physician contact information.

4.  Keep essential items close at hand.

Essential items include an ample supply of medication, important documents, phone numbers, snacks or beverages, a light sweater, a hat, sunscreen and a travel pillow. Be sure these are packed in a small bag or tote that is easy to access rather than packed away in the trunk.

5.   Be realistic about activities.

Keep your trip as simple as possible and be realistic about the amount of activity, walking, and traveling your loved one can do.

6.  When possible stick to a predictable daily routine.

Maintaining a predictable routine is crucial to reducing stress and anxiety – especially in a loved one with cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s. Try to keep meals, medications and rest times as consistent as possible.

7.  Plan for breaks and downtime in the schedule

Don’t plan your schedule so tight that you rush from place to place. Plan for downtime and be sure to take plenty of breaks.


 

Senior Travel Discounts

There is a wide variety of travel discounts available for seniors; however, the best deals may not always be “senior discounts”. Before asking for the senior discount, be sure to check out special promotional discounts that may be available to people regardless of age. Sometimes they turn out to be better deals than the senior discounts.

Here’s a list of some seniors discounts we found:

Club Memberships

If you are a member of AARP, there are plenty of discounts available on hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. To find them, see http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/

Airlines

Southwest Airlines typically has the best senior fare program for passengers 65 years and older. American, Delta and United also offer senior fares but they are limited.

Car Rentals

AARP members get up to 25 percent off car rentals from Alamo, Hertz, National, and Budget, up to 30 percent from Avis, and 5 percent off from Enterprise.

Hotel Discounts

Most hotels offer senior discounts ranging between 10 and 30 percent off. Age eligibility varies by hotel chain.

Trains

Amtrak travelers age 62 and older are eligible for a 15 percent discount on most Amtrak trains, excluding first- and business-class tickets and weekday Acela Express trains.

Restaurants

Senior discounts are common at most national chains. Discounts vary from a percentage discount to a free beverage or dessert.

Entertainment

Most movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums offer reduced admission pricing for seniors.

America the Beautiful Senior Pass

For people age 62 and older, just $10 ($20 via mail) will get you a lifetime pass that provides you free admission to more than 2,000 national parks and federal recreation sites.

Please note that these discounts are likely to change periodically and may not be available in all areas.

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10 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

water-toastSummertime is here – school is out, the pools are open, backyard grills have been fired up and people are hitting the road for their long awaited vacation. Summer means fun and relaxation for many people but for seniors the heat and sun can be dangerous if they and their caregivers don’t take proper precautions. Here are 10 vital safety tips for seniors to make sure they too have a fun, safe summer.

1.  Stay Hydrated

According to the CDC, seniors are at greater risk for dehydration because their bodies do not adjust as well to temperature changes and their ability to conserve water diminishes as they age. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (avoiding caffeinated drinks) – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Some sports drinks containing sodium and potassium can also be good for rehydration.

2. Eat Smaller Meals

Food plays an important role in helping to maintain body temperature. It is recommended that seniors eat several smaller meals rather than fewer large meals. Sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and vegetables are better choices over foods that are heavy and high in protein.

3.  Stay Cool

While it is important to stay indoors in cool spaces, it is also a good idea to get out of the house when possible. Spending time at the library, seeing a movie, visiting a senior center or attending a place of worship offers seniors an opportunity to interact with others and stay cool.

4.  Avoid Direct Sun Exposure

Staying out of the direct sunlight as much as possible is key – especially during the peak hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5.  Apply Sunscreen

Senior’s skin is more sensitive so when outdoors be sure to regularly apply a high SPF sunscreen (30+) to protect the skin.

6.  Protect Your Eyes

Vision loss can be common among the elderly and over exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses to help protect the eyes from harmful UV rays and to help preserve your vision.

7.  Dress Accordingly

Wear light colored, loose fitting, cool clothing (such as cotton) and wear a cap or hat. It is also a good idea for seniors to wear sturdy shoes that tie. Sandals or flip-flops can be hazardous as they can cause trips or falls, which can lead to injury.

8.   Move Exercise Indoors

If you exercise regularly, consider exercising at a gym, walking on a treadmill or “mall walking” instead of outdoor walks or activities. Along with exercising your body, you may want to take this time to also exercise your mind – read a book or play a stimulating mind game.

9.  Talk to Your Doctor About Medications

Be sure to ask your doctor how your medications may affect your body’s ability to manage heat.

10.  Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion can develop after over exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Warning signs may vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Paleness, tiredness and dizziness

If you or a senior in your care start to feel any of these symptoms, call for immediate medical assistance then get out of the heat.

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Lakeshore Devotional – Are We There Yet?

are-we-there-yet-mapMany of us are planning a summer getaway. We buy new shorts and flip-flops, make sure the car has good tires, buy a few snacks and pack up. The anticipation is part of the trip.

And then we decide how we are going to get to our destination. Are we going to use a map, our trusty Garmin or Google Maps to lead us to our destination? Those mapping devices have become essential to our trip. They keep us on the path, without needless wrong turns.

Isn’t life like that? We are always seeking the GPS for our life. What should we do with our lives, where should we go?

Thankfully, our Heavenly Father has provided a map for us. It is the gift of his Word.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Sometimes we forget we have the map, or we choose to find our way without the help of our map. But without it, we make those wrong turns that slow our progress.

Someone once said the reason it took Moses forty years to lead God’s people through the wilderness was that he couldn’t bring himself to ask for directions.

Let’s don’t shy from the direction that comes from our Father. Listen as the Lord speaks to you in his Word, in your circumstances, and through other people. Finally, trust in the Lord—“lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

And with His help, we will reach our final destination.

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