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Importance of Hydration for Seniors

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)

As people age, there can be a lack of thirst sensation and changes in the water and sodium balance that naturally occur, which puts seniors at a higher risk for dehydration. Dehydration in seniors can lead to negative health consequences such as confusion, fatigue, heat stroke, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and even hospitalization. In fact, dehydration is a leading cause of hospitalization in seniors. According to a UCLA School of Nursing Study, 40% of older adults may be chronically underhydrated, making it a significant issue for this population. To combat this, it's important for seniors to prioritize hydration.  

However, there are many different options for seniors to stay hydrated that don't involve just drinking water. Here are 5 different options: 

Herbal Tea 

Herbal teas are a great way for seniors to stay hydrated while also enjoying a warm and soothing beverage. Many herbal teas have added health benefits such as reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and promoting relaxation. 

Coconut Water & Low Sugar Sports Drinks 

Coconut water is a tasty and nutritious option for seniors to stay hydrated. It is high in electrolytes and potassium, making it a great option for replenishing fluids lost through sweating or physical activity. Low sugar sports drinks are also a great source of electrolytes as many of them include coconut water, with a variety of flavors to choose from.  

Hydrating Foods 

Many fruits and vegetables are high in water content and can help seniors stay hydrated. Watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce are all great sources of hydration. Seniors can also consume soups, which are broth-based and can include some of their favorite vegetables to provide both hydration and nutrition.  


Popsicles are a great way for seniors to stay hydrated, especially during hot weather or after physical activity. Seniors can easily make their own popsicles using a combination of hydrating ingredients such as fresh fruit, coconut water, or herbal tea to create a healthy and hydrating treat. Homemade popsicles also allow seniors to control the sugar content and choose their favorite flavors. 


Smoothies are a delicious and refreshing way to stay hydrated while also incorporating additional nutrients into the diet. Seniors can make smoothies with fruits and vegetables, yogurt or milk, and ice for a tasty and hydrating beverage. 

It's important for seniors to monitor their caffeine and alcohol intake, as both can lead to dehydration. Seniors can opt for decaffeinated beverages or limit their alcohol intake to help stay hydrated. 

Staying hydrated is crucial for seniors to maintain good health and avoid dehydration. To ensure they are staying hydrated throughout the day, seniors should have water or other hydrating beverages readily accessible. Adding fruit or using accessories like a straw or personalized cup can make hydrating drinks more appealing. Seniors should also monitor any medication side effects that may cause dehydration and talk to their healthcare provider about any concerns. By prioritizing hydration and taking these simple steps, seniors can help prevent negative health consequences associated with dehydration. 

At Senior Helpers, we understand the importance of hydration and provide in-home care services to assist seniors with meal preparation, medication reminders, and more. Our caregivers work alongside seniors' medical care teams to provide genuine and seamless in-home care. Contact us today to learn more about how Senior Helpers can ensure your loved one is getting the care they need.