COLUMN: Seniors must be careful to prevent dehydration

Comfort Keepers offer tips for staying hydrated

The senior population is more prone to dehydration than other age groups. A diminished sense of thirst, side effects of prescribed medication, mobility issues, and chronic conditions are just some of the reasons why aging adults may fail to drink enough liquids.

It is important that caregivers know how to recognize and prevent dehydration. Some of the symptoms of dehydration are dry mouth, higher than usual heart rate, confusion, headache, muscle weakness, nausea and fatigue. Usually, adults are recommended to drink up to 8 tall glasses of water daily.

Prevent dehydration with these tips:

• Develop a schedule

• Eat more foods with high water content (fruits, vegetables, soups, dairy, and yogurt)

• Make water interesting – add mint, cucumber, ginger

• Don’t wait to feel thirsty

A caregiver can keep track of the older adult’s fluid intake, provide useful reminders, prepare healthy meals, and more. Call Comfort Keepers to learn more about how our home care services can help. 604-541-8653.

The Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table is a group of individuals, and representatives from various non-profit agencies and local businesses that care about the inclusion and wellbeing of older adults living in the White Rock South Surrey community.

To register for one of the future events (lunch & learns on Jan 22 and Feb 25, community tour Jan 23), call 604-541-8653.

The Table is now the main contributor to this column (previous contributor was the Seniors Health Network).

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