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How Seniors Can Avoid the Risks of Dehydration this Summer in Anoka, MN

Jun 13, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Blaine

Seniors have a higher risk of becoming dehydrated. Older adults are more likely to have electrolyte and fluid imbalances along with a diminished sense of thirst due to prescribed medications.

With a higher risk of dehydration in seniors compared to younger adults, aging adults are more likely to have electrolyte and fluid imbalances along with a diminished sense of thirst due to prescribed medications. Keep your loved one well-hydrated daily, especially through the warmer months, when it’s even easier to become dehydrated, using the following information as a guide:

Symptoms of Dehydration

If you know the most common symptoms of dehydration, you are more likely to go for the right help in a timely manner if there’s a problem. The symptoms below are visible indicators of dehydration in an adult. Call 911 or a healthcare provider that will be able to offer immediate assistance if these symptoms are present:

  • Muscles cramping
  • Skin becomes dry
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Urine is dark in color

 

Keep Hydrated with Plenty of Fluids

Encourage older adults to drink plenty of fluids in order to maintain a good hydration level. The human body consists of approximately 60% water, so everyone needs to drink plenty of fluids throughout each day. If someone refuses water because of its lack of taste or flavor, try offering flavored bottled water or add fruit to water at home. Sipping on broths (vegetable, chicken or beef) can help, also, if it’s preferable to water. Additionally, you can offer more hydrating foods into daily food options.

 

Eat Hydrating Foods

Some fruits and vegetables actually contain about 80% water, making them great healthy food choices for seniors. Some of the best hydrating fruits and veggies include:

  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Watermelons
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Apples
  • Oranges

 

We at Comfort Keepers® are here to help you and your loved ones. Of course, it’s a challenge for you to be available around the clock for people you love. That’s why our kind and compassionate caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, are happy to assist you with your aging family member or friend. Our professionals understand hydration needs, also – in warm months—and year round. Our Comfort Keepers® working in-home care services encourage hydration by regularly offering fluids, water infused with fruit, and hydrating foods as part of regular senior care.

Call the Comfort Keepers® office nearest you today for information on how our professional caregivers provide loving care to seniors or ask us about any of our in-home care services.

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