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Water-Facts

Life begins in the uterus where, like an island, the fetus is surrounded by waster, literally submerged in water.

As on an island, life thrives, there is breathing, communicating, eating, sleeping and having enough time to keep up with the developmental changes that goes on for all nine months.

It’s fair to say that humans were once little islands,

Little island, Mobil - island that floated and shifted and danced around in the uterus.

Humans are water people, they can’t exist without it, and will die without it.

Facts and figures

More than 60% of the human body is water. It is possible for people to survive for one month or so without food, but will only survive about one week or so without water.

The human blood is 90 % water, brain and muscles 75 %, and bones, about 22 %.

Hygiene

Good personal hygiene is essential for quality of life. As with aqua therapy water is vital for movements and relaxation. In instances when an elderly individual becomes stressed and seems miserable.

Astonishingly, a warm shower or a few moments of relaxation in the bath tub can change the overall frustration, which he or she was experiencing. Personal senior hygiene always begins with washing, it freshens the breath and brightens the skin as well as providing relaxation and calm.

Aqua Therapy

This form of therapy is also very useful for the elderly, it aids in strengthening and building muscle mass, as it heals injuries. The elderly usually accomplish these benefits when low impact, low weight bearing resistance training exercise is applied in warm water (pool.)

Hydration

Hydration is as vital as breathing especially during hot summer months.  Water may be introduced via eating fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking fresh water and other low sugar, low calorie beverages. Water must be encouraged just so the senior person can maintain hydration. Tracking dehydration through output is also an excellent way to guarantee that enough fluids are being consumed. I find it quite easier to begin his or her day by introducing, eight to twelve oz. of pure water, then about four oz. of juice during breakfast. With this pattern I find that the client urinates well during the day, and the chances of dehydration or UTI decreases.

Fluid intake is vital and should be introduced as an activity in the seniors’ everyday lives.

 Andria Patricia Harris/Dementia Living LLC