The Happenings at AVIA!
My name is Kimberly Johnson, and I am the Resident Services Director at AVIA Senior Living! I am so excited to share with you weekly some of the happenings here at AVIA!
Spring has sprung! Let’s all enjoy the warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and each other! Please, come to the Gathering Room for events and activities, and join us in the dining room for meals! I’d love to see everyone engaging with each other and participating!
Personal Hygiene and Health Benefits
Warmer weather means we will be more active! This may lead to sweating and skin breakdown, rashes, etc… I’d like to take some time to talk about personal hygiene and the importance of being clean. Please read this excerpt from Fedelta Home Health Care…
The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Senior Citizens
There are several issues that can come about by simply not keeping up with personal hygiene. Find out more about these issues in detail and learn why personal hygiene is so important for senior citizens ahead.
For Healthy Living
The main reason why personal hygiene is so important is that it’s a part of healthy living. Not only are there various physical issues that can stem from poor personal hygiene habits, but it can also be a sign of depression. Paying attention to your loved one’s personal hygiene can give you a sense of how they are feeling.
Good for Mental Health
Personal hygiene usually requires some form of a routine, which is not only good for preventing health issues, but it’s also good for the mind. Doing things in repetition is never a bad thing and, as you get older, the more crucial it becomes to exercise your mind.
To Avoid Skin Issues
Keeping up with personal hygiene, such as by taking regular baths, can also prevent skin issues that tend to happen more often as you age. When you don’t take regular baths or showers, you can end up getting skin infections. The good news is seniors who aren’t as active don’t have to bathe every day to prevent these issues—just a few times a week will suffice. Moisturizing is also the key to avoiding common skin issues seniors can suffer from.
Keep Up With Foot Care
In addition to skin problems, seniors can also experience issues with their feet and having poor personal hygiene can make matters worse. For example, taking care of an ingrown nail or shaving a callus on your own can result in more problems. Doing simple things like moisturizing and soaking feet along with some professional elderly foot care can keep seniors on their feet without pain.
Prevent Dental Problems
Dental problems aren’t just painful—they can also be expensive. Brushing teeth, using mouthwash, and flossing every day is more important as you get older. If a senior has dentures, then they should also make sure they clean their dentures after eating food. Neglecting dental care can also lead to heart problems which is a major reason why dental care should be a major priority for seniors.
Stop Body Odor
When seniors neglect personal hygiene, they can also run into body odor issues. This is another reason why seniors need to bathe regularly. Body odor can also come from wearing dirty clothes. Some seniors might not even realize that they have a bad odor, but it can be something that affects others and a sign that body hygiene needs to be worked on.
Maintain a Healthy Appearance
Keeping up with personal hygiene is also vital because it is part of maintaining a healthy appearance. As mentioned earlier, seniors who tend to have poor body odor, wear unwashed clothes, and more could be suffering from depression. A healthy-looking appearance can be very beneficial to a senior’s mental health and uplift their spirits.
Detect Health Complications
Personal hygiene is also important because it can detect potential health complications. During a bath or when teeth are being cleaned, something different with the body might be spotted like an unusual bump. When seniors keep up with personal hygiene, they can catch something before it became a serious issue. Being aware of your body only becomes more important as you get older, and doing something as simple as personal hygiene can help you with that.
New Season, New Recipe Ideas!
Frittata with Spring Greens, Parmesan, and Pancetta
8 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup cubed pancetta
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup spring greens (arugula, mustard, etc.), roughly chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper to taste and Parmesan. Set aside.
Turn on the broiler. In a 12-inch ovenproof non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over a medium flame. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until it starts to crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it softens a bit, about 3 minutes.
Add the greens and herbs and cook for one minute. Pour the eggs into the skillet, stir gently and cook undisturbed until almost set, about 5 minutes. Put the skillet under the broiler (about 4 inches from the heat) for a couple of minutes, until the eggs have set. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Upcoming fun at AVIA
Hello, Spring!!! We have Bob P. playing live music for us this Thursday at 3pm in the Gathering Room!
Amy Knapp will return on Monday, April 4th from 10a-3p to do hair on site! Please see Kim to book an appointment!
Look for your new April Calendar this week! We are making some seasonal changes!