Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but especially for seniors, and especially during the summer. But while you give attention to your own needs, how can you help your Mom increase her fluid intake and avoid the bad results of dehydration? Here are 4 tips to try this summer and all year long.
- Many older ones make frequent trips to the bathroom at night, and this might be a reason she doesn't want to drink more water. If that's the case, encourage her to start drinking early in the day rather than having liquid within the last few hours before bedtime.
- Add some fruit to her water. Some people just don't like the taste of the plain stuff, bottled or otherwise. So try adding tried and true lemons, or jazz it up with watermelon or orange slices, strawberries, or anything else she likes.
- Help her to increase her intake of fruits and vegetables. Hydration doesn't have to come from drinking water directly. Cantaloupe, raspberries, cucumbers, and more, are all great options. If she prefers not to eat her fruits and veggies, you can make her some delicious smoothies.
- Make water easily accessible. Special trips to get a glass of water can get annoying after a while. So keep a pitcher, cup, or water bottles on the table or another location nearby so it is there when she needs it.
One of these tips might be what makes a difference, or perhaps you could try a combination. Whatever effort it takes, the benefits of staying hydrated will be worth it.
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