With the summer months beginning, many aging adults forget to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is important for everyone to keep hydrated, especially seniors. Older adults are more susceptible to dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than what is taken in.
Symptoms of dehydration can be different for everyone. Some symptoms include: dry mouth or tongue, skin becomes less elastic, blood pressure decreases, concentrated urine, constipation, fatigue, increased heartbeat, muscle spasms, nausea, confusion, loss of balance, dizziness, headache, etc.
Many senior citizens do not drink fluids in fear of needing to go to bathroom more often. They do not feel thirsty so they don’t drink when they should. Encouraging seniors to take small sips throughout the day may be an easier way to receive the fluids. If they have trouble holding a glass, cups with straws and lids make it easier to drink.
Tips for keeping hydrated:
If you don’t like plain water, squeeze lemon or lime into the water or add some fruit of your choice.
Try eating foods such as cucumbers, celery, lettuce, watermelon, or soup. These foods are higher in water content.
Try Gatorade to boost your electrolytes if you’re experiencing vomiting or diarrhea.
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