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5 Tips to Keep Seniors Hydrated

Beat the heat by staying hydrated!

As a caregiver, your role in ensuring the seniors you care for stay cool and hydrated is invaluable.  Here are some practical tips to help them stay hydrated:

1. By encouraging the seniors you care for to drink water throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty, you’re empowering them to stay healthy. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day. Opt for water, herbal tea, or diluted fruit juices instead of sugary or caffeinated beverages.

2. Include fruits and vegetables with high water content in their diet. Watermelon, cucumbers, oranges, and strawberries are excellent choices. These foods not only hydrate but also provide essential nutrients.

3. Limit exposure to high temperatures, especially during peak hours. Encourage seniors to stay indoors or seek shade when it’s hot outside.

4. Consider wearing lightweight and breathable clothing, enabling better evaporation of sweat and maintaining body temperature.

5. Some medications can contribute to dehydration by increasing urine output or causing dry mouth. It’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and consult with healthcare professionals if necessary.

Remember, staying hydrated is a continuous effort, and it’s essential to create a supportive environment to ensure hydration needs are met.

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