Drink Plenty of Water

 Dinah Davidson, Resident Care Coordinator, writes….

Summer is here, so I wanted to remind everyone the importance of drinking water. The high temperatures of summer cause our bodies to sweat more, which means we lose water faster. Losing water too quickly without replacing it can lead to dehydration, which is very dangerous. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! Water might be a little bland, but these 10 facts about water aren’t:

  • The chemical compound for water H20. It can also be called dihydrogen monoxide.
  • Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis.
  • Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  • The earth is a closed system, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth at the beginning of time is still present today.
  • Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps in glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs.
  • Water expands by 9% when it freeze. Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats.
  • Human bones are 25% water.
  • By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has last over 1% of its total water amount.
  • Hot water freezes faster than cold water. This is known as the Mpemba Effect, and no one knows why it happens.
  • Water is sticky. The molecules love to stick to things, especially each ohter. It’s what give it such a larger surface tension. It keeps you alive: it means water can pull blood up narrow vessels in the body, often against the force of gravity.

Gems Game

Development Director Burgundy Ramsey writes…

It’s summertime and that can only mean one thing… baseball! This year, Good Samaritan Home is proud to be partnering with the Quincy Gems to host Good Samaritan Home Night at the July 29 game against Lafayette. First pitch is at 6:35 pm. This event is a part of the Home’s 60th anniversary celebration! We will be taking a bus to the game. Begin boarding at 5:45 pm. Admission is free for residents and cottagers. Sign up at the front desk.

We will be also giving out free tickets for the July 29th game to our employees and their families. As a special thank you, we will also be giving employees Gem Bucks to be used at the concession stand during the game. Those can be picked up from Burgundy Ramsey.

Saturday, July 29 is going to be a lot of fun! Be on the lookout for who’s throwing out the first pitch, singing the National Anthem, and singing during the 7th inning stretch. You might see some familiar faces! Wear your 60th Anniversary t-shirt, and come out and celebrate with us!

If you have any questions, contact Burgundy Ramsey at 217-223-8717 ext. 4240 or bramsey@gshq.org!

Differing Personalities

Brenda Belt, LPN writes…

One thing I have learned over the course of my lifetime is that everyone is different. Do you remember the old son “Personality” by Lloyd Price? I recently read an article about personality traits. The author mentioned five different traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Every person is a combination of three traits. A person might be very conscientious and agreeable, but introverted and not very open. If we could ever grasp the fact that not everyone is the same, we could begin working with others around us more efficiently. As we do activities together, I can see all of these traits working at the same time. I believe the key to understanding and respecting other people is to recognize these differences, and to not judge others for being themselves.

WINGS Volunteers Needed

Chaplain James Riley writes….

Good Samaritan Home offers end-of-life comfort care which we call WINGS. One of the benefits of our WINGS care is volunteers who come in and sit with residents when I cannot be there. I am looking for more volunteers to participate in this ministry. Each volunteer is provided training. When the need arises, the volunteer will be called with available two-hour shifts. There is no minimum requirement of hours. Each volunteer can take as many or as few shifts as they are willing and able. Shifts are usually in the morning or afternoon, falling between 8 am and 5 pm, although a person can volunteer as late as 8 pm if they want to. We carefully select residents, so the volunteer is not put in any difficult or uncomfortable situation This is a special ministry for special people who have a heart to do it. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, please contact Chaplain James at 217-223-8717, ext 4491.