Good article, credit to the Water Tree Orange, TX.
Jennifer here this morning and as someone with aging parents, I have heard numerous comments in the past few weeks of others caring for their parents/grandparents and trying to get them to drink water and stay hydrated. So, thought I would share some tips and awareness.
The symptoms of dehydration include weakness, confusion, lethargy, headaches, dry mouth, muscle cramps, dizziness, low blood pressure, dark urine, increased heart rate, inability to sweat, irritability, in-coordination, sunken eyes, as well as dry & inelastic skin.
The recommended daily fluid intake (water provided from both beverages and foods) for the elderly is 2.5 liters (which is a little over 1/2 gallon – 80.5 oz).
Encourage seniors to continually drink small quantities of beverages in between meals even when they are not thirsty. (In the elderly, recognizable thirst may actually be a symptom of the first signs of dehydration).
Always keep drinks within easy reach (preferably small cups or bottles that can be easily refilled throughout the day, as many people find drinking from large beverage containers as daunting or intimidating). It’s also suggested to make Senior drinks “eye-catching” with maybe either a colored bottle/container or making the liquid more colorful – maybe a rapid charger with B6, B12 and B3 or an Energy or Energize packet added (always check with their doctor before adding supplements like these).
Caffeine & alcohol act as diuretics and should be limited in quantity.
And I LOVED this tip because I didn’t really think about it – Seniors may require special equipment to ease their handling of beverages such as tip-free mugs, cups with 1 – 2 handles for easy gripping, long straws. We’ve got some bottle options here at WTO to help!
As always, we are here to help, so if you need assistance getting your older parents/grandparents to drink their water let us know!