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Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 1, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Tricks to Keep Hydrated This Summer

senior-hydrationIt is important to remain hydrated during summer, especially for seniors. As the temperatures rise, an increase in fluid intake can help to decrease migraines, body temperature irregularities, joint pain, and infections. Water is also great for helping reduce blood pressure. We know that water is great and healthy – but how can we make sure that seniors get enough of it? These are just a handful of tips that ensure that seniors remain hydrated by making water as appealing as possible.

Tip #1 – Enjoy More Broth

Most elderly find that broth is a great way to remain hydrated. Especially if seniors refuse juice or water, broth can be a great way to ingest more water without making them feel like it is a chore to drink more. Vegetable or chicken broth not only tastes good, it also offers some comfort in its taste. If possible, you should find the low or no sodium options.

Tip #2 – Sparkling Fizzy Water

If we want something with a bit more fizz, most of us settle for a quick soda. However, sparkling water is able to offer that fizz that many people crave, both in flavored and un-flavored options. There are some great flavors available that seniors are able to enjoy.

Tip #3 – Availability Is Key

Oftentimes seniors might find that they are thirsty – but that getting another drink of water is just a chore. Make sure that you have water widely available for seniors throughout the day. By ensuring that the hydration of choice is within eyesight, it makes seniors far more likely to grab another drink of water/juice whenever they feel parched.

Tip #4 – Eat More Melons

Melons (such as honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon) are not only delicious, but they are filled with water. You can enjoy them blended with milk or water, eat a chunk of melon, or enjoy a few slices. Not only are they full of water, they are filled with essential vitamins and minerals while being low in calories.

Tip #5 – Liven Up The Water

It is possible to infuse water with chopped or sliced fruit for a ‘spa water’ treat that seniors are going to love. If you leave the infusion in the water overnight, it guarantees a stronger, brighter taste. It is possible to try a combination of citrus slices, rosemary, mint, and berries. The water will appear appetizing and refreshing, making it far more appealing for someone to try.