Water is crucial to living a happy and healthy life, but for seniors staying hydrated can often be easier said than done. Dehydration can cause health issues, cause flare ups of existing ones and can even result in medications not working properly.
To get seniors motivated to increase their fluid intake, below are some suggestions on how to do so:
- Start the conversation. A simple way to increase fluids is to talk to your loved one about it. They might just need a gentle reminder.
- Keep water around. Keeping water within sight and reach might spur your loved one to remember to drink water. Having a full pitcher of water in the refrigerator could help as well.
- Try different fluids. Staying hydrated can be completed by drinking other fluids as well. Tea, flavored water, juice or sports drinks are great alternatives.
- Make popsicles. Homemade popsicles made from fruit juice or a mix of juice and water are a great treat and a great way to get more fluids into your older adult.
Each person has different habits, preferences, and health conditions, so what’s most important is to be creative and try different ideas until you find ones that work for your older adult.