Now that summer is almost here seniors need to remember to stay hydrated. There are several reasons why the elderly are more at risk for dehydration starting with the fact that as we age, our sense of thirst diminishes so we may forget to drink. In addition medications commonly prescribed to seniors such as diuretics, antipsychotics and corticosteroids can affect a senior’s ability to maintain fluids. Also our bodies do not conserve fluids as well as when we were younger. Lastly it can be difficult for older adults to adapt to fluctuating temperatures, which may cause them to overheat quicker.
Dehydration can also occur in individuals with dementia as the disease causes them to forget to eat and drink, and in the more advanced stages, many people have trouble swallowing. Furthermore seniors with incontinent problems sometimes purposely limit their fluid intake as a way to avoid accidents.
Whatever the reason, dehydration can lead to serious health problems and as the outside temperatures soar, seniors must take care. Experts recommend seniors get about 64 ounces of fluids a day, and in hot and humid weather or any changes in medical conditions or medications, you may need to drink even more.
To make it easier to drink more water, try mixing in a little juice or fruit or add a flavored water enhancer. Other types of foods that help increase your fluid intake include savory broths, fruits such as watermelon, grapes, oranges and cantaloupe, smoothies, and herbal iced teas.
At MorningStar of Billings, we understand the need for seniors to take extra care during the summer months. Our excellent food service is comprised of lots of fresh foods and healthy, refreshing beverages. Billing’s independent living includes 32 cottages and another 72 bright suites in our main building. We also have 70 assisted living suites and 36 secure suites in our Reflections Neighborhood for those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. Please visit our website to schedule a tour of our gorgeous community.
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents. Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our comfortable, home-like atmosphere.