Common Sense Advice for Church activities in a time of viral infections

Wise counsel, based on experience, as we gather to worship.

Click the image below to read some common sense advice about worshipping together in a time of viral infections (flu, cold, or even the COVID-19 infection being covered 24/7 by news media and social media). The source of this post is an email from Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce to Episcopalians in the Diocese of Los Angeles (and their friends and neighbors).

Please note: Nothing in this post is meant to be medical advice. Please consult your own healthcare provider for any questions or issues concerning your own health status.

Stay hydrated

Some advice about hydration as the summer heats up.

Our member, Callie Wight, R.N., offers this advice about hydration as the summer heats up. This information originally appeared in the Idyllwild Town Crier on May 16, 2018.

Begin quoteDehydration is common and a very serious condition in older adults (64 years and older). Maintaining the body’s fluid balance is critical to healthy aging. Dehydration when not adequately treated can be fatal; it’s associated with serious effects like poor mental functioning, blood clots, infectious diseases, kidney stones, and severe constipation. Dehydration should be prevented whenever possible; properly diagnosed and treated when present.

As we age, there is a decrease in overall body hydration (the absolute amount of water in the body). In addition, kidney function and the sensation of thirst decline in older adults. Taken together, these account for the prevalence of dehydration. (Note: if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated).

With increasing age, a substantial number of older adults drinks less than 1 quart of fluid per day. The lower our body weight and overall body hydration, the sooner the loss of even a small amount of body water will cause dehydration. Environmental and disease-related risk factors play a substantial role among older adults. For instance, even a viral infection with its high fevers, vomiting and diarrhea can dehydrate.

The most important risk factors for dehydration were identified in a large study on a nursing home population: Being over 85 years old, female, having five or more chronic diseases, taking five or more kinds of medication, and being bedridden. Being dependent on others for care, and therefore water intake, can increase the risk of dehydration. Since much fluid is taken with meals, eating “like a bird” may lead to lesser intakes of water than is desirable.

Diagnosing dehydration in the older population isn’t straightforward. Classical signs such as the time it takes skin to rebound when pinched (recoil), increased thirst, and drops in blood pressure upon standing up are not reliable in older adults. At the same time, dehydration often causes symptoms associated with several other conditions in the elderly; symptoms like confusion, constipation, fever or falls. This all muddies the diagnostic waters.

However, good news, we can self-manage. When older adults know that they should not trust to thirst to signal dehydration (if you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated), but drink water because it is healthy, their intake increases above the absolute minimum intake of 57 ½ fluid ounces of water per day.

For calculating the minimum amount of fluid per day, an easy method is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Remember, that’s merely a minimum. Be sure to increase intake by many ounces in pregnancy/breastfeeding, hot weather, dry or humid climates, high altitudes and physical activity.

Caffeine leeches water from your body, so avoid it in sodas, coffee and even teas. (Black and green teas both contain caffeine.) Alcoholic drinks as well as fluids with high protein intake also leech body water.

Reminders to yourself, friends, loved ones to drink water plus keeping water visibly handy during the day can help. Don’t underestimate dehydration!End quoted material

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CA DMV Now Issuing REAL IDs — You’ll Need It By 2020

By 2020, anyone who plans to travel domestically will need a REAL ID.

This post originally appeared in the Palm Desert Patch on January 22, 2018

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CALIFORNIA — The Department of Motor Vehicles began issuing REAL IDs on Monday. The identification cards comply with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s new requirements for traveling. The REAL ID card has a special marking in the upper right hand corner. The marking is of the California grizzly bear with a star, the DMV said.

Beginning 2020, anyone looking to travel domestically will need a REAL ID card with the exception of those under the age of 18. According to the DMV, you do not need a REAL ID to drive, apply or receive federal benefits, enter a federal facility, visit a hospital or receive life-saving services.

To apply for a REAL ID, you can make an appointment or walk into any DMV office. You will need proof of identity, proof of a social security number and a California residency document. For more information, go to REALID.dmv.ca.gov.

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Image: The Palm Desert Patch via the CA DMV

Binding and Loosing

Let us follow Jesus in offering forgiveness.

Breaking Free

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18

Set Free (via Brother Give Us a Word)
Jesus’ unbinding is understood metaphorically as the experience of forgiveness, of being set free from a prison of our own past: things done or left undone, said or left unsaid, by others to us or by us ourselves.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

September is National Preparedness Month

Feeling prepared for a situation – be it a job interview, a new baby or a sudden disaster – not only helps us experience less fear and anxiety, but can actually improve how things go. The three most important things you can do to prepare for a disaster are to make a plan, be informed and get a kit.

2017 National Preparedness Month

As our own Episcopal Relief & Development Fund (ERD) works to respond, recover, and rebuild with local partners after Hurricane Harvey, so, too, do they encourage us to be prepared.

Visit the ERD Page US Disaster Program Preparedness Resources. Once there, follow up by evaluating and improving your preparedness for disasters of all kinds.

Resources for Seniors in Riverside County, CA

We’ve updated our Resource List for Seniors and Caregivers. Our list begins with the Riverside County Office on Aging.

Precious Elder Ministry of St. Hugh's

We’ve updated our Resource List for Seniors and Caregivers. The resources listed are within driving distance of Idyllwild and our Mountain Communities.

View or Download our Resouce List updated 1 September 2017