July is already upon us! During the long, hot summer days it is so important for everyone to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, but especially senior citizens. When we age, we do not experience thirst as intensely, and this causes many seniors to forget to drink water. According to a journal article from Lippincott’s Nursing Center, “dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization in adults ages 65 to 75.” If you are a caregiver and want to make sure your loved one stays healthy and hydrated in the heat, here are some useful tips:
- Keep a water bottle with you.
Your loved one cannot wait until they are thirsty to drink water, because thirst is a sign that he or she is already dehydrated. If you keep a water bottle near your loved one at all times, it will become a habit for them to drink from it throughout the day.
- Make sure your loved one stays away from sodas and juices.
These sugary drinks will make dehydration worse. What your loved one needs above all is water! Drink soda or juice as a special treat only once in awhile.
- Put fruit slices in water.
Drinking water all the time can be tedious, especially if your loved one wants a change in their routine. Cutting up fresh oranges, strawberries and melon to put in their water turns it into a fruity drink while still keeping your loved one hydrated.
- Keep fresh fruit around for snacks.
Fruits such as berries and melons are chock-full of water and that makes them a perfect snack for your loved one during the day. Does your loved one like something sweet after dinner? A bowl of mixed fruit is a hydrating, healthy treat.
- Keep a water bottle in the fridge and encourage your loved one to drink from it every time they open the door.
This simple step will go a long way to keeping seniors hydrated. Most of the time, it’s a matter of remembering to keep drinking even if they don’t feel thirsty.
It is so important for everyone to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day in the summer, but it is especially important for seniors. As a caregiver, it is vital to keep your loved one happy, healthy and hydrated. These steps will simplify keeping them well during the hot summer months.