Mike's Angel Care Blog

Dog days of summer

The dog days of summer - I really did not know that meant so thank heavens for Google - 'the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. 2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.'  I have learned over the years it is a time when the elderly especially those living alone are at a very high risk for dehydration as well as heat related problems.  We instruct our caregivers to encourage fluids as much as possible, water, Gatorade - they make a light version with a lot less sugar than sodas or regular Gatorade which is too sweet for my taste.  Take extra time this summer to look in on any seniors especially those living alone and encourage do all you can to encourage fluids.  It sounds so simple but for those of us providing in-home care it is never as simple as it sounds.  
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