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The Importance of Hydration for Seniors

Man drinking water to exemplify how to maintain hydration for seniors

Summer days are here! As people spend an increasing amount of time soaking up the sun, whether it be relaxing on the beach or walking around the neighborhood, they have to be mindful and cautious of some of the effects spending time in the hot weather can bring. One consequence of too much time in the heat is dehydration, which is also a senior nutrition problem.

Staying hydrated is vital for overall health and feeling your best, no matter your age—but staying hydrated becomes increasingly crucial as people grow older. Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to perform its normal functions. Older adults are more likely to become dehydrated, whether from lack of thirst, an age-related decrease in particular body functions, or age-related health conditions. Call 214.225.6197 to speak with someone from Ventana’s caring and compassionate team about hydration for seniors and how our dining services for seniors help maintain senior nutrition.

Tips and Tricks to Maintain Hydration for Seniors

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Of course, drinking plenty of fluids is the most significant way to avoid dehydration. Keep a water bottle on hand to make this even easier for yourself. Although it’s been frequently said to drink eight glasses of water a day, you may need to drink more or less, depending on your body’s needs. Discuss with your healthcare provider what a reasonable amount of daily fluid consumption is for your particular situation. And remember to increase this amount when spending time in the sun.

Switch It Up

While water is an excellent choice to help you stay hydrated, you don’t need to stick to just one drink. This would feel limiting and make proper hydration more complicated than it needs to be. Include a variety of fluids in your diet, which may include the following:

  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Flavored water
  • Coffee

While almost any liquid counts towards your daily intake, alcohol can dehydrate, so drink these beverages in moderation, especially when spending time in the heat.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Certain fruits and vegetables are fluid-rich and can improve your body’s hydration. Some hydrating foods include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Celery
  • Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe

While drinking fluids is the fastest way to hydrate your body, regularly eating produce can also help.

Stick to a Schedule

If getting enough water becomes difficult, try sticking to a routine regarding your water consumption. Put an alarm on your phone every hour to remind yourself to drink. When it comes to mealtimes, pour yourself a cold glass of water to accompany your dish. There are even apps you can download to your smartphone that will help you keep track of your daily fluid intake.

Learn the Signs of Dehydration

Knowledge is one of the greatest tools to prevent severe dehydration. By learning the signs of dehydration, you’ll be better able to recognize when it’s time to drink some water. Signs of dehydration for adults include the following:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

Please remember that symptoms can vary from person to person and sometimes thirst for older adults doesn’t occur until they’re already dehydrated. Listen to your body, and always remember to increase fluid intake during hotter days.

Maintain Senior Nutrition in Texas at Ventana

Health and wellness services at Ventana by Buckner are as exceptional as the community itself. Here at Dallas’ only high-rise senior living community, you can expect care of the highest caliber, delivered with compassion. You’ll also experience services that meet your social, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Ventana puts your wellness first and ensures you have the resources available to stay healthy and have fun. Contact Ventana today at 214.225.6197 to learn more about our senior living community in Texas.