With the warm weather now settling in, it is important to realize how important it is to stay hydrated especially for the elderly. Because our human body is made up of approximately 70% water, it makes sense that fluids are vital for the majority of proper bodily function such as protecting our joints, making sure our organs function well, transporting oxygen to cells and keeping our body temperature consistent. Our bodies can become dehydrated very quickly due to excess perspiration, hot weather, exposure to the sun and lack of fluids throughout the day. Simply put, dehydration occurs when an individual loses more fluids than they take in. This is especially true for the elderly.
When exercising be aware of sweating and replenish fluids quickly rather than waiting to feel thirsty
If you or someone you care about suffers from chronic dehydration or UTI’s associated with dehydration. Ask for help from family first. If family lives too far or works too often, call us to schedule a No Obligation CAREConsult™ with a Love Right™ Care Service Representative.
I am a practicing social worker for over 35 years, mostly in health care.
Social work has been both rewarding and challenging. The profession has allowed me to work in areas such as trauma, oncology, orthopedics, intensive care, psychiatric , hospice, maternal child health and other fields. I have taught classes, mentored SDSU students, worked with most of the larger health care companies in San Diego and recently went back to school for a certificate in school social work.
Acknowledging the need for improved resources and accessibility for the elderly, I have recently joined a home care company providing quality caregivers to clients in need, most of them wanting to remain in their own home environment with adequate supports.
Clients have taught me so much over the years. I am as excited about my work today as I was when I started and look forward to many more professional years ahead.