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Drinking Buddies. Drinks Are On Us. Drinks All Around! New Mugs Have Sunshine Residents Hydrating Happily

By now you probably know that many Sunshine Retirement residents share an appetite for healthy and haute’ cuisine. Some have a passion for poetry and reading books. While others have a desire for dancing and exercise. Of course, it’s natural for thousands of people from all walks of life to have a diversity of interests. But we’re on a mission to see that every single Sunshine resident has a thirst for one specific thing: Water.

On average, more than 60% of the human body is made up of water and adults lose more than 80 ounces of it per day through normal activity. With advancing years, seniors naturally undergo physiological changes that lessen their intake of water and increase their risk of dehydration – a phenomenon that happens when a person uses or loses more fluid than is consumed, and the body doesn’t have enough water to carry out its normal functions.

In general, seniors are not as physically active as they once were. They typically lose their sense of thirst and tend not to drink enough. Furthermore, as age slows down the metabolic rate, appetite decreases and they get less fluids from solid food sources. That is especially problematic for the elderly since most people get about half of their daily water requirement from solid foods, fruits and vegetables.

We at Sunshine believe it’s extremely important for our residents to stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months ahead. So, to encourage them to drink more water and juices throughout the day, we gave all of them a shiny new 16-ounce stainless steel travel mug for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“I drink a lot of water,” said Garl Neel, a resident of Country Club Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas. “It’s good for your immune system and flushes you out.”

Fellow Country Club Village resident Dennis Ray agrees. “If you don’t hydrate, you will dehydrate,” he says.

Not surprisingly, elderly adults are the most at-risk for dehydration. In fact, it is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65 and brings several potentially serious consequences. The most common signs and symptoms in the early stages of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth and/or dry skin.
  • Decreased urination.
  • Headaches, dizziness and nausea.
  • Persistent fatigue, sleepiness and lethargy.
  • Muscle weakness or cramps.
  • General unwell feeling.

Severe dehydration can become life threatening to the elderly because there is no longer enough fluid in the body to carry blood to the organs. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can be virtually identical to symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s, the most common of which include:

  • Lack of sweating.
  • Forgetfulness, confusion and irritability.
  • Deep rapid breathing or an increased heart rate.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Rapid but weak pulse
  • Dry and sunken eyes with few or no tears.
  • Unconsciousness or delirium
  • Wrinkled skin – with no elasticity.

If you know a senior who exhibits any of these symptoms persistently for two to three days, have them see a doctor immediately. Frequent or chronic dehydration may cause even more serious complications, including:

  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Seizures and swelling in the brain.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Coma or death.

Obviously, the way to prevent dehydration in elderly adults is to make sure they are drinking enough liquid, and the right kinds of liquid. You’ve probably heard it said that all adults, including seniors, should drink at least eight glasses (64 ounces) of water a day, which is a lot, considering caffeinated beverages and alcohol don’t count. (Both cause frequent urination, which actually promotes dehydration.)

The good thing is, water can also be found in many fruits and vegetables, which is why Sunshine menus throughout the day frequently include fruits like melons, berries, apples, oranges and peaches and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and cauliflower. We also sweeten the liquid intake by frequently offering popsicles, milk shakes and smoothies.

They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Well, now that Sunshine residents have their own special mugs, everyone is clinking and drinking to each other’s health.

This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, June, 2018.

August is Wellness Month at Sunshine Retirement Living Communities

Wellness Month brings Sunshine residents healthy doses of goodness, togetherness and happiness.

August. The month named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor in 8 B.C. The word consequently means: auspicious, distinguished, grand, majestic, dignified, stately and eminent. With that in mind, what better time to celebrate health and wellness than during such an “august” month, eh?

This year commemorates Sunshine Retirement Living’s 5th annual August Wellness Month, across all our communities. So we’re pulling out all the stops to offer our residents the best darn Sunshine Wellness Experience ever! Throughout the month, we’re providing opportunities for residents to learn wellness practices from local professionals based on four different categories–Get Informed, Get Fit, Get Restored and Give Back. We’re also presenting many exercise challenges, informative wellness seminars, workshops, fun activities and prizes for a healthier way of life. Residents have enjoyed and benefitted from many of them already.

At the beginning of the month, every resident received a special Wellness Calendar and a Wellness Stamp Card. (They get rewarded with a stamp on their card every time they attend any of the Wellness events highlighted on the Wellness Calendar.) At the end of the month, everyone will be recognized and awarded at their community’s Wellness Awards Ceremony. The resident who receives the most stamps on his or her stamp card at each community will win a customized Wellness Challenge Winner $50 Visa Gift Card for their hard work!

Here’s more information about the four categories and the events that we have planned:

Get Informed

We live in a changing world where information about new ideas, policies, problems and solutions constantly arise. Getting informed and learning about these new things can help us live healthier lives. Get informed this month by attending these activities:

• Chef demos on natural antioxidants and food nutrition, 8/18 – The Gardens at Brook Ridge

• Karate presentation from Dojo Karate, 8/19 – Dunwoody Pines

• Neurosize brain strengthening exercises, 8/22 – Dunwoody Pines

• Fruitwise Fruit Presentation and Tasting, 8/24 – Villa Serena

Get Fit

For those who have been watching life from the sidelines for a while, the thought of getting fit may seem daunting. But the payoffs of living a longer, healthier life are well worth it. The first step is to develop a good attitude and set achievable fitness goals. Then keep track of progress and get into a sustainable routine. To make things easier, buddy up with a friend to support and challenge each other, and then switch things up and try new things together. Some ways to get fit this month include:

• NorCal Sunshine Olympics, 8/23 – Deer Park, Villa Serena, Quail Lodge

• Benefits of Aqua-aerobics Talk, 8/30 – The Gardens at Brook Ridge

Get Restored

Getting physically and mentally restored is essential for your health. With our hectic lives, we are constantly on the move, and over time this has caused damage to our quality of life. We need to reclaim balance and give ourselves some much needed peace of mind, body and soul. You can get restored with some of these activities:

• Walker adjustments and cleaning, 8/15 – The Verandah & The Carriage House

• Essential oils lip balm, 8/17 – The Verandah & The Carriage House

• Essential oils lavender sleepy time pillow spray making 8/15 – Villa Serena

• Community Talent Show, 8/28 – Clairmont

• Nail Polish Party, 8/22 – The Landing

• Pet Therapy Visit, 8/31 – Fountain Crest

Give Back

Volunteering services or donating goods and money are not only beneficial for the recipients, but for the givers as well. Doing good for others and paying it forward does wonders for self-esteem, and having money to be disposed of is not a requirement. Here are some ways to give back this month:

Cookbook Proceeds being donated – Clairmont

Blessing Bags for women’s shelter, Wednesdays – The Verandah & The Carriage House

Community Talent show, 8/28 – Clairmont

Change for Change drive for Arkansas AlZ with coin rolling party, 8/30 – Country Club Village

All in all, August is a great month to get active and involved in Sunshine’s Wellness opportunities. Check with your local Life Enrichment Director to see what activities are planned in your community. Once you experience them, you’ll want to make every month Wellness Month.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

Chicken & Mango Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients for Dressing:
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp vegenaise
1/8 cup coconut amino acids
1 1-inch piece finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil

Ingredients for Wraps:
4 chicken thighs
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
4 leaves Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
1/4 large cucumber, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
3 scallions, cut into 3-inch-long thin strips
1/2 large firm-ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400F. Place chicken thighs in glass baking dish, drizzle with coconut oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Cut up chicken into cubes and set aside. While the chicken is cooking, place all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place chicken and all other ingredients in the lettuce wrap and drizzle with dressing. Squeeze lime and add cilantro to finish!

Download Chef Michael’s recipe here:
Chicken&Mango

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

Quinoa Bison Hash

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. ground bison
1/2 medium sweet potato, diced
1/2 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups spinach or kale
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Directions:
Add quinoa to 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add sweet potatoes and sauté’ for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic and continue to sauté’ until sweet potatoes are tender. Add bison and heat until cooked through. Add kidney beans, greens, and spices. Stir to combine and continue to sauté’ until all ingredients are heated. Stir in quinoa and serve!

Download Chef Michaels recipe here:
QuinoaBisonHash

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living