Did you know that feelings of thirst decline with age?
Dehydration in the elderly can quickly become a serious issue. When older adults become dehydrated, they
may experience muscle cramps, disorientation, confusion, headaches and life-threatening medical conditions. If your loved one is non-verbal, they may be unable to communicate feelings of thirst.
Some tips for staying hydrated this summer:
- Pre-hydrate, hydrate and rehydrate. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink – have a plan and stay hydrated all day long. If you’re thirsty, you’re likely already dehydrated.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol which can actually dehydrate your body.
- Fresh fruits are a great, natural source of fluids.
- Use water to dilute fruit juices or sports drinks, making them last longer and increasing your fluid intake.
- On the go? Be sure to take a water bottle with you.
If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, always consult your physician about how to get the fluids you need and staying hydrated during the hot summer months.