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Dehydration Can Happen to You

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The ability to recognize thirst can lessen as we age. You may feel lethargic and decide to take a nap instead of having a drink of water. Medications can impact how your body processes fluids. You may be cutting down on liquids because of increased frequency in urinating. But dehydration is a huge problem for elders and if you don’t drink enough you can end up in the hospital where things can quickly spiral out of your control. Some things you can do are:

– Start each day with a tall glass of water to replenish fluids used during the night.
– Drink earlier in the day to avoid multiple trips to the toilet during the night
– Develop a routine for taking in fluids by setting daily reminders on your phone or a checkoff list near your sink.

– Fill a large water bottle every morning and again in the afternoon and sip from it throughout the day with the goal of finishing it
– Add fresh mint leaves, lime or lemon slices, other fresh fruit chunks, or juice, to water or sparkling water for taste appeal.
– Try iced or hot herbal teas for a change.

– Track how much fluid you drink. You may think you drink enough but the suggested amount is 64 ounces daily and that’s probably more than you currently drink. Learn what’s right for you by clicking on the links below.
– Caffeinated drinks like coffee and cola, or alcohol, are not counted as part of your fluid intake. They are dehydrating.

Dehydration is not a summer issue. You need to make sure you keep the fluids coming throughout the year.

Source: Better Health While Aging; Mayo Clinic

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From Living Well Network Update on 06/25/18. To learn more about the Living Well Network and sign up for our e-newsletter click here.

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