Dehydration is a serious and common problem for the elderly. It is important to prevent dehydration as it can lead to serious health issues. It is a common cause of hospitalization for people over the age of 65. Being hydrated is also necessary for some medications to work properly. Ideally, we want the elderly to be kept hydrated but it is hard to increase someone’s fluid intake if they do not cooperate. Read on to learn about the ways to encourage the elderly to drink more water!
There Are Many Sources of Fluids
People don’t have to only drink plain water to stay hydrated. You can drink tea, coffee, fruit juice, fruits, and vegetables. They all contain water and will help to hydrate you. If dehydration is a serious issue for your loved one and they resist drinking healthy fluids, you may need to make trade-offs like letting them drink the less healthy options such as diet soda or sugary drinks. You need to speak with their doctor first and make sure that the pros outweigh the cons. You can also serve food with high water content to help with hydration without drinking fluids.
Keep Water Close By
To make it easy for them to drink, you can keep water close by so they can serve themselves water. Keep a lightweight pitcher of water, along with a cup, near their favorite seat to make it convenient and quick to have a drink.
Try Something Savory
For people who like savory foods, they may like drinking hot soup broth instead of sweet or neutral-tasting drinks. The broth can come in a box, can, or powder form for greater convenience. This is especially comforting to have during cold weather. If your loved one is concerned about their sodium intake, make sure to buy low sodium broth or make your own homemade broth.
You can make homemade popsicles from fruit juice. This is a fun treat and a great way to get your loved one to take in more fluids.
Make Smoothies and Milkshakes
Some elderly may resist drinking so you can entice them to have smoothies or milkshakes. If they like the taste or texture of them, they may be willing to drink them regularly.
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