Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sleep and the Senior Citizen

sleeping senior

QUESTION: I’m over 70 and can never seem to sleep, what can I do?

I love this question because I live it with my own father! It seems that since he retired, he thinks he can go to bed and wake up any time he wants! He forgets that he has a doctors appointment at 9am the next day or that he promised Mom that he’d go with her to visit their friend in the hospital- so he sleeps in! He often complains that he can’t easily fall asleep so he just stays up until he gets sleepy. Then, about 3-4pm every day, he complains about how tired he is and he needs a nap! I argue with his constantly about his circular logic and behavior but he’s too stubborn to listen- so I made him this list:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule: try to go to bed and wake up at the same every day- Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.
  • Get physical activity every day: This can promote better sleep, helps you fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep.
  • Get comfortable: Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices create an environment that promotes relaxation.
  • Create a bedtime ritual: Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. Take a warm bath or shower, read a book, or listen to soothing music — preferably with the lights dimmed.
  • Tune Out: Be wary of using the TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. An exciting show or game can elevate your stress and blood pressure making it hard to relax into a good sleep!

Remember, Stow-Glen Retirement Village has been your hometown expert on Senior Living since 1984. Let us know how we can help!

 

Elderly and the Heat- Stay Cool and Stay Hydrated!

Be careful- stay cool and stay hydrated!

Be careful- stay cool and stay hydrated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past few weeks I have really been dogging it in this little July heat wave. If the temp is above 85, I’m miserable. Hot and cranky would be an understatement and I’ve noticed it in plenty of others, especially seniors! We get cranky when we are dehydrated and many of our seniors are very prone to dehydration for the simple fact that they do not drink enough water. This is a very tricky problem because the more water you drink, the more you have to use the bathroom. And for a senior who wears “undergarments” and may have “issues” in there, taking a potty break every 30 minutes is not an option. Unfortunately, severe dehydration, urinary tract infections and heat strokes are not good options either. Here are some tips for keeping a senior hydrated that hopefully won’t have them running to the little boys or girls room:

1) popsicles- a nice cold way to sneak some juice in!

2) Eat more watermelon, oranges, celery and cucumber.

3) Meat! Did you know that most cuts of chicken and beef are over 60% water? Just don’t singe it on the grill!

4) Keep your body cool. Stay in the shade and air conditioning or in a pool. Take a cold bath or shower once a day. The less you sweat, the less your body loses water!

We at Stow-Glen hope everyone can stay cool during the “dog days” of summer. See more healthy senior living at www.stowglen.com. If we can help in any way, don’t hesitate to call!