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Summer provides most of us with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. From daily walks to picnics in the park, sunshine and warmer weather lift the spirit and boost mood. Spending more time outdoors, however, comes with increased risk for dehydration.
Seniors are already prone to dehydration. This can be due to age-related changes that impair ability to sense thirst. Other times, it is because the body doesn’t adjust to changes in temperature as quickly as it used to.
Here are a few more reasons older adults experience dehydration:
What can you do to help a senior in your life stay hydrated this summer? We have some suggestions you might find useful.
Preventing Dehydration During Summer Months
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults should consume 48–64 ounces of liquid each day unless advised differently by a physician. If your loved one isn’t keen on drinking that much plain water, you might need to find creative ways to help them stay hydrated.
Here are some ideas for promoting good hydration:
You can also encourage your senior loved one to take steps to reduce fluid loss caused by perspiration. Here are a few ways to do that:
If you are the caregiver for a senior, we encourage you to bookmark The Sunrise Blog and stop back often. We share the latest news and research on topics ranging from golf vacations for seniors to talking with an older loved one about finances.