Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tips for Staying Hydrated During the Summer Months

I live in Phoenix, Arizona and for the last few days it’s been over 110 degrees! This time of year, I start to think about the importance of staying hydrated, especially for older adults. As we age, our thirst sensation decreases so seniors may not realize they are thirsty.

Because of this and other reasons, many seniors have problems with dehydration and this concern is ranked in the top ten most common reasons for hospitalization among people over 65. *In fact, “about one half of those hospitalized for dehydration die within one year.”

According to Medicare.gov, *“Dehydration happens when the body loses more water or fluid than it takes in, which can also have serious effects on blood pressure and other body functions.”

So, with summer in full swing it’s important to take steps to avoid serious dehydration for you and your loved ones.

Here are five tips for staying hydrated this summer:

1. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink, by this time you are already dehydrated.
2. Carry a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.
3. Drink at least eight cups of water every day (and it can be more during the summer months!)
4. Keep a full water bottle in the refrigerator door and take a drink every time you open the refrigerator.
5. Make your water more interesting by adding lemon or lime (or other fruits) to your water to add flavor.

*http://www.healthy-water-best-filters.com/dehydration-statistics-2.html

*http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Static/tabSI.asp?language=English&activeTab=3&subTab=1

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Christie Munson, CSA, lives and works in Phoenix, AZ and is the Communications Manager for Beatitudes Campus (a Continuing Care Retirement Community) and a Professional Organizer, specializing in senior services. She can be contacted via email at simplify-life@cox.net.