With the temperatures in North Texas exceeding 100 degrees for the next week or longer, it’s critical to ensure that everyone, especially our seniors are staying hydrated. Seniors are more vulnerable to dehydration for several reasons. With age, our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced, making it more difficult to adapt to things like fluctuating temperatures. Also, our sense of thirst diminishes with age. By the time someone actually feels thirsty, they could already be dehydrated. Some medications, like diuretics, laxatives and corticosteroids can cause frequent urination that deplete the body of water and electrolytes. Medical conditions, like dementia may cause seniors to forget to eat and drink. Another factor, seniors who experience incontinence often purposely refuse or limit fluids in order to avoid embarrassing accidents.
Most adults need 48- 64 ounces of fluid every day. NOTE: the amount increases with heat and humidity and can change based on medications and health conditions.
Tips to Stay Hydrated:
- Drink a glass of water or juice when you wake up.
- Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day, especially if you’re out running errands.
- Drink before, after and during exercise.
- Take water breaks throughout the day.
- Water isn’t the only option, many foods are hydrating. Snack on cucumbers, tomato, watermelon, bell pepper, grapes, blueberries, popsicles, smoothies and broth.
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