For older adults, staying hydrated can be complicated. As we age, we become less able to regulate the fluid levels in our bodies. This can result in dehydration, which is a very serious threat to our health—and it doesn’t happen only during the summer.
Our brain functions somewhat like a thermostat; it tells our body how to regulate our temperature. Your brain sends signals to the rest of your body, telling it whether it needs to warm up or cool down. Aging reduces our body’s ability to adjust, especially in the heat of the summer!
Additionally, some medications can make you susceptible to fluid loss, increasing your chance of dehydration. So take these tips into consideration this summer and keep yourself cool and hydrated!
- Keep ahead of your thirst—sip water throughout the day.
- Stay cool-stay in the air conditioning.
- Know the signs of dehydration: fatigue, weakness, headache, dizziness, fainting.
- Check with your doctor if you are on diuretics or fluid restrictions for your intake recommendations.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked car.
- Avoid errands in the mid-day sun.
- Jump in the pool at Eastside Terrace!
For more tips on staying hydrated from the American Heart Association, click here!