This months tips will focus on safety to keep seniors from overheating in the late summer sun.
As we age, our bodies become less able to conserve water and slower to respond to changes in temperature putting older adults at higher risk for dehydration. Also, chronic diseases and some types of medication make it harder for our bodies to absorb water. All of this means it is important for older adults and their caretakers to be mindful about staying hydrated, especially during the hottest months of the year.
To avoid dehydration, follow these tips:
- Keep a water bottle or glass of water close at hand all day long.
- Offer foods that are high in water content, like fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce intake of coffee, alcohol, and high protein drinks, which have diuretic effects on the body and can cause dehydration.
- Encourage elderly loved ones to drink small amounts of fluid throughout the day, rather than drinking large amounts all at once.