health and social creative settings Essay

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Unit 4 Creative Activities in Care settings

Physical needs are all the needs we have to keep our bodies working as well as the can. Even though everybody’s body is unique there are certain physical needs we all have. They include food, shelter, warmth, clothing, rest (sleep), exercise and personal hygiene

Food
We all need food in the same way that a car needs fuel. Our body uses up energy every day, not only to walk or exercise but for everything, the body is still using up fuel when it is asleep as the heart and other organs are still working hard.

Food contains not only these essential fuels but also other nutrients which help to keep the bones, hair, nails and skin strong and supple. It also contains other goodness which helps our immune system strong and keeps us fit and healthy.

That changes that occur for many adults as they retire are life changing. However for many it is an experience to look forward to with time to travel or do other things they have not had time to do while at work. Sadly some older adults are not able to be as active in their retirement as others because they are not as healthy as they used to be. They may also lose a partner and friend through old age.

Water
Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. As we age, the balance between our need of water and our thirst for water shifts. In fact, the less water an older person drinks, the less thirsty they become, leaving them open to the risk of serious dehydration and other complications

Further, confusion over the difference between hunger and thirst intensifies over the years making it all the more important to conscientiously drink adequate amounts of water throughout the day. One should consume at least one cup of water for every 20 pounds of body weight daily, that is around 6-8 glasses for the average person.

Exercise
Exercise is one of the most important things for the mind and the body. Exercise helps the individual feel better, look better and decrease the risk of some diseases. It affects how they feel physically and emotionally. It affects how they look and contributes to their quality of life. How they feel physically affects how they feel emotionally and vice versa.
As we live longer lives, Osteoporosis is affecting an ever-larger number of elderly – becoming one of the major health problems associated with old age. It affects some 20 million women and 5 million men and leads to more than 250,000 hip fractures each year. Exercise delays the onset of Osteoporosis by increasing bone strength. Lack of physical activity could lead to illnesses, such as, coronary heart disease. http://www.acefitness.org/blog/251/american-council-on-exercise-lists-top-ten-reasons Sleep
Every creature needs to rest. Just like eating, sleep is necessary for survival.
Sleep gives the individual’s body a rest and allows it to prepare for the next day. It is like giving their body a mini-vacation. Sleep also gives their brain a chance to sort things out. Scientists ar not exactly sure what kinds of organizing the brain does while the individual is asleep, but they think that sleep might be the time when the brain sorts and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems.
The amount of sleep a person needs depends a lot on his or her age. Babies sleep a lot — about 14 to 15 hours a day! But many older people only need about 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. Most children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old are somewhere in between, needing 10 to 11 hours of sleep.

http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/sleep.html

Personal Hygiene We need personal hygiene because our bodies constantly produce sweat, oils, and chemicals in that nature. Hygiene helps the production slow down. Also, there is millions of bacteria in surroundings, some bacteria like to infest our bodies, so when your sweat and oils harbour those bacteria it becomes a smell or some sort of…