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There are not many people who do not like summer. Going for walks, swimming, riding a bicycle, and just being outside during nice weather makes everyone happy. However, on the other hand, temperatures go up and the risk of dehydration issues rise as well. High temperatures can cause a lot of problems in the elderly, especially for those with severe health problems. Thus we created a list of the most important hydration tips for seniors that will keep them safe during these hot days.

Preventing Dehydration

Water is naturally number one when it comes to preventing hydration. An average adult needs 64 oz. of fluid per day. However, during hot days, this number rises, especially for the seniors, so everyone should consume a glass of water more often.

If you sweat a lot, then drinking a lot of fluid is essential for you. In case of an illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea, consuming enough fluids is highly important. And water isn’t the only thing that keeps you hydrated. Consider also water-juice mixtures, smoothies, milkshakes, and so on.

Hydration Tips for Seniors: It’s Not All About Drinking Fluids

Foods with a high percentage of water can also be hydrating. This especially refers to the following:

  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Orange
  • Bell pepper
  • Cantaloupe.
Hydration Tips for Seniors
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At least 90% of these foods are water. Blueberries and apples also have high water content. However, many refuse to eat fruits and vegetables for some reasons. In that case, try to make a sandwich and add more cucumber and tomato slices than usual. Also you can add some of these foods to smoothies and yogurts (grapes and berries, for example).

These are just basic hydration tips for seniors, but they will help keep you healthy. Next, check out the most important nutrition tips for seniors.

 

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