Did you know that Arizona is a desert? Of course, you did! But did you know that while it is perfectly safe to live in a place where temperatures exceed 100 degrees, for more than 100 days each year, we still need to be careful?
Dehydration affects hundreds of Arizonans and those most at risk are seniors.
Most of us know what it’s like to feel parched, but as we age, the sense of thirst diminishes. So even when your body needs to be replenished with water, you might not realize it. Studies show that since many older adults often do not drink enough liquids, by the time they are thirsty, it’s already an early indication of dehydration. Vital bodily functions such as pumping blood to the muscles, lubricating joints and regulating body temperature all require water. Not taking in enough can have detrimental effects on the body.
Fear of multiple trips to the restroom and decreased appetites can often contribute to aging adults opting out of drinking more water. The recommended daily fluid intake to keep your body hydrated is 48 to 64 ounces. Factors like age, weight and medication can influence this recommendation so check with your physician for the safest intake.
Here are a few tips for seniors to slip in a few extra ounces of water:
• Always keep a glass/canister/bottle of water nearby.
• Remember other sources such as fruit, broths and teas contain water.
• Make homemade popsicles. Use ½ fruit juice, ½ water. Delicious!
• Enjoy a fruit smoothie or Ensure.