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Why Older Adults Don't Drink Enough Water and How to Help Them
We know the importance of drinking water but as we age water intake can become a challenge. This is particularly true among older adults. The question is, what causes seniors adults not to drink enough water and what we can do to help our elderly loved ones stay hydrated.
Possible Causes of Water Intake Limitation
- Certain medications can cause dehydration
- Water is tasteless and therefore not desirable to drink
- Older adults lack the urge to drink water when they're thirsty
- Individuals with mental illnesses tend to forget to drink water
There are many soluble sources that can be offered instead of plain water. The main objective is to keep your elderly loved one hydrated. If your loved one resists to drink water, here are some alternatives.
- Flavored water- add some fruit flavor to the water
- Sparkling water- another good choice, the fizziness makes it taste better
- Athlete drinks- gatorade, powerade
- Warm soups- soups are great alternatives because they're light, liquidity, and easy to consume
- Place a jar of water near to where you're loved can reach
- Popsicles- these are great in the Summer and get your elderly loved one involved in making them
Water consumption among older adults is a major problem, however, there are other ways you can get your loved ones to drink fluids other than just water. It requires patience and persistence to ensure he or she drinks enough liquids. Whichever of the above options you choose, make sure you start off slowly and offer it more than once. We hope you find this information helpful and that gradually you keep your senior adult hydrated. Remember, that we, at SYNERGY HomeCare provide customized care and can help your loved with such problems and any care needs to ensure their well being.
Please note, that this information is not for medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions, please consult your primary care provider.