Hydration Tips For Warmer Weather

 

 

HPIM0820.JPGBy NANCY URBAN

 COA Coastal Home Care

Warmer weather is here at last!

Did you know that the rising temperatures and increase in activity levels can cause our bodies to lose water almost before we are aware of it? Dehydration can be a major cause of concern for older adults; by the time we feel thirsty we may already be feeling the effects of dehydration.

Risk factors that contribute to dehydration in older adults include:

  • The mechanism that triggers the ‘thirst response’ tends to be less effective as we age.
  • Many older adults limit their fluid intake to reduce the number of trips to the bathroom.
  • Common medication prescribed for the older population can often increase urine output, contributing to loss of fluids.

A few warning signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Darkened urine
  • Cramps in limbs
  • Feeling cranky, tired or dizzy.

Tips for increasing your fluid intake:

  • Drink at least 5 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
  • Keep water by your side at all times
  • Avoid alcohol and limit caffeine
  • Call your health practitioner if you suspect you might be dehydrated.

Have questions? Call Nancy at 904-209-3681 or email Nurban@stjohnscoa.com  (HHA#299993305)

 

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