While summer provides ample opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and be outdoors, it can also come with an increased risk of dehydration. Seniors are already prone to dehydration. This can be due to changes that come about with age that impair the ability to sense thirst. It can also be related to how the body does not properly adjust to temperature changes as quickly as it used to.
Below are some helpful tips for preventing dehydration in the summer months.
By encouraging a senior to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning, it helps with hydration as well as helping to flush out toxins that can accumulate in the body overnight.
Instead of waiting until feeling thirsty, it is helpful to remind older adults to drink water frequently throughout the day. Keeping a bottle of water with them at all times can help with this.
If the taste of plain water dissuades the senior from drinking, adding lemon slices or berries to flavor the water can help with the taste factor. Another option is to add flavored sparkling water to the mix.
Lastly, many fruits and vegetables are high in water content. Adding foods such as melon, berries, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, oranges, and broccoli to their diet can help prevent dehydration.
By dressing in lightweight and breathable clothes, staying indoors during peak heat hours of the day (), and wearing hats with brims to provide shade, seniors can help reduce the loss of fluids through perspiration.
Summer is a time to enjoy the warmer weather and help boost spirits. With these tips, seniors can enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and hydrated.