How to Prevent Dehydration as a Colorado Senior
There is one thing you’ll notice when moving or living in Colorado – it’s dry. If you move to Denver from Arizona, you may not think it’s very dry. In comparison to the South or Midwest, Colorado will seem like to bone dry desert.
As we enter into the cold winter months in Colorado, the relative humidity drops and the air becomes drier compared to the summer months. What does this mean? Your elderly loved ones in Colorado are at risk of dehydration. Dehydration in seniors is even more important due to the negative health outcomes that may arise.
Why Are Seniors at Risk in Colorado?
When it comes to dehydration, there are a few reasons why elderly Coloradans are at risk. Our body’s ability to conserve water drastically reduces as we age. This lack of water retention can also accelerate depending on the temperature and season. Did you know that as we age the sense of thirst drops as well? When you feel thirsty, it’s your body indicating that your essential fluids have dropped to a very low level.
There are medical conditions and medications that can also speed up seniors in Colorado living’s hydration levels. Some elderly with dementia can also forget to drink water and in some cases forget to swallow. Certain drugs like antihistamines, diuretics, laxatives, and antipsychotics can cause frequent urination that depletes the body of key fluids.
What Are the Signs of Dehydration?
- Difficulty walking.
- Dizziness or headaches.
- Sunken eyes.
- Dry Mouth
- Inability to sweat or produce tears.
- Rapid heart rate.
- Low blood pressure.
How to Prevent Dehydration in Seniors
For a majority of us, eating the correct foods and drinking at least eight glasses of water are the first steps in preventing dehydration. Most adults including the elderly need at least 64 ounces of water per day to maintain healthy hydration levels to be specific.
How you serve the drinks can impact how much your loved will drink on any given day. Consider using a no-spill cup that makes drinking water simple and easy to use. Does your loved one have a hard time seeing? Another thing to consider is to buy a bright colored cup. Someone with low vision might be able to see a brightly colored cup more easily and therefore drink from it more often.
This is where creativity comes in handy. If your loved one has trouble drinking from a traditional water glass, consider using an old fashioned fountain glass for a healthy shake or smoothie. Garnish the glass with a piece of raw fruit as well to entice your loved one to drink. Raw fruits truly pack a hydration punch and even have electrolytes to prevent dehydration. Specialty drinkware helps prevent spilling for those with arthritis, motor skill issues, and tremors.
Foods Are Hydrating
If your loved one is having a hard time drinking, consider these foods that also have the ability to hydrate. Foods are a clever way of maintaining proper hydrating levels while also providing a nutritional benefit.
One of the biggest priorities in our Memory Care and Assisted living areas of Golden Pond is keeping our residents properly hydrated at all times. We offer a wide variety of juices and drinks to prevent any level of dehydration.