Staying hydrated is essential for our bodies to function properly, especially as we age. Still, many seniors don't drink enough fluids because they simply forget or lose their thirst sensation due to certain medical problems. Seniors who want to up their water intake (even if they don't feel thirsty) can try these simple tips from Senior Helpers Contra Costa to stay better hydrated.
The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Water helps to flush out toxins and regulate body temperature in addition to aiding digestion and assisting in nutrient absorption. It is also especially important for senior adults who have diabetes. Being hydrated also boosts alertness and concentration, making it easier to tackle daily tasks like shopping or taking a walk around the block. Supporting seniors' cognitive health means providing them with plenty of opportunities for physical activity while maintaining proper hydration along the way!
One easy way to get in the habit of drinking fluids is by setting reminders. Senior adults can utilize apps on their phones or alarms that will remind them throughout the day to drink water. There are also special jugs that feature inspirational messages on them - these are great ways for seniors to stay motivated and encouraged to drink their water!
If seniors need some assistance with this, professional caregivers from Senior Helpers Contra Costa may be able to help set up reminders during visits! Notifications can also come in the form of messages shared through Skype or FaceTime for older adults who stay connected digitally.
Eat Foods With High Water Content
Eating foods with high water content is another great way for seniors to stay hydrated. Foods like cucumbers, celery, citrus fruits, and yogurt all have more than 80 percent of their weight coming from liquid! Watermelon is another great option that is especially popular during the summertime months. Eating these sorts of healthy snacks can help seniors stay hydrated all while getting in some healthy snacks.
Drink a Glass of Water Before Every Meal
Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner - having a cup of water before every meal is a great way for seniors to maintain hydration. On top of providing health benefits, drinking liquids before meals may also help stimulate the appetite and benefit digestion. Try drinking your water from a pretty glass for additional motivation.
Senior Helpers Offers Premium Senior Care
When it comes to staying healthy, hydration is key! Being mindful of water intake and taking simple steps like setting reminders or drinking a glass before meals can make all the difference in seniors' overall wellness. Professional caregivers from Senior Helpers Contra Costa are available for any additional support when necessary.
We provide senior care for adults in and around the Contra Costa, Oakland, Moraga, Concord, Walnut Creek, Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette, and San Ramon areas. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and to see how we can help support you or your senior loved one!