How to stay hydrated
Did you know that it is very common for individuals over 65 years of age to be hospitalized for dehydration? Dehydration can also cause other major medical issues including prolonged stays at the hospital, but all of these issues can be prevented if they get the daily recommended amount of water for their age and weight.
As we age our thirst diminishes, our body temperature decreases, as well as our body water content. These factors make it increasingly difficult for those over 65 to drink enough water. But there is good news: You don’t have to just drink your water, you can also eat your water. If you are looking for different ways to encourage your loved ones to get enough water in their diet this list may help you.
10 different foods to keep your body hydrated:
- Cucumber slices
- Bell Peppers
You may also find it easier to encourage 8 oz. of water be taken with medication, have water bottles readily available to easily track how much is being drunk, or offer other fluids throughout the day such as popsicles.
6 signs of dehydration:
- Little to no urine
- Low blood pressure
- Weak pulse
- Cold hands and feet
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry mouth and tongue
If you are taking care of someone who is 65 years and older it is important to know and recognize the signs of dehydration, but it is more important that you are proactive instead of reactive. Knowing that seniors have a more difficult time getting the recommended amount of water in their daily diet, is the first step in introducing more liquids and water-based foods.
While all of these tips are a good place to start, it is always important to talk to your loved one’s doctor when dealing with a health condition. If you are looking for independent living, assisted care, long-term living, or rehabilitation services for your loved one be sure to give us a call at (937) 319-8924.