For many seniors, dehydration can be a significant problem. There are many possible causes for dehydrations including medication, a lowered sensitivity to temperature, and lack of mobility. To avoid potential health risks, such as urinary tract infection and low blood pressure, it is important for Sacramento caregivers to encourage seniors to keep their fluid levels high.
High-Water Content Foods
Many foods are high in water content, making them excellent sources of hydration. Watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, zucchini and cucumbers are approximately 92 percent water and provide an alternative to plain tap or bottled water. Since these are ingredients you are likely to have on hand, high-water content foods may be the easiest way to replenish fluid loss in seniors.
Fruit and Vegetable Infused Waters
Because they may not often feel thirsty, plain water may be unappealing to some seniors. A more fun and flavorful option may be to add slices of hydrating fruits and vegetables to your loved one’s drinking water. Adding lemon slices, strawberries or cucumbers to a pitcher of chilled water is a simple yet vibrant way to have a ready supply of nourishing fluids on hand for your loved one.
Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that are full of flavor and make an appealing option for many seniors. Because they are cool and refreshing, they are a perfect option for warm spring or summer days when fluid retention is particularly important. While mocktails may require more preparation time, they are typically well received by seniors who are resistant to other options. Simply take some low-sugar fruit juices, slices of fresh fruit, and chilled carbonated water to make a fun and tasty beverage.
Smoothies are a great way to help seniors get the fluids they need. Prepare these smoothies with frozen fruit, low-sugar juices, or even coconut water to preserve the water content. Dairy products have a high-fat content that will dehydrate your loved one. In addition to fruit, you can also add carrots, flax seed or avocado to boost nutritional value.
Hydration and nutrition play an important role in senior health and wellness. With help from Home Care Assistance of Sacramento, your loved one will receive the help he or she needs to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. We provide comprehensive home care Sacramento seniors need to learn how to prepare and eat nutritious meals and exercise regularly for enhanced wellbeing. Our friendly caregivers are available 24/7 to help your loved one manage these and other aspects of daily living in the comfort of home. Call us today at 916.706.0169 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about our services.