Residents at Broadway Proper senior living in Tucson, Arizona are not strangers to extreme heat. With summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees, it is extremely important that residents stay hydrated to stay healthy.
Learn why it is crucial for our residents to stay hydrated, signs of dehydration, and how we are working with our residents to avoid dehydration.
Hydrate for Better Health
Broadway Proper recently experienced a heat wave, bringing 30 consecutive days of temperatures over 100 degrees. While dehydration can affect any person at any age, studies show that seniors are at a higher risk for dehydration and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia are actually six times more likely to become dehydrated. Some seniors have incontinence issues that make them hesitant to drink water, medications can cause dehydration, and still others merely forget to drink enough water.
It can happen easily and it can have major negative effects on health including an increased risk of constipation, kidney stones, and even muscle, joint, or liver damage.
Signs of Dehydration in Seniors
With temperatures as extreme as Tucson, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration in seniors. If you recognize these signs in yourself or others, move to a cooler location, sip water, and seek medical attention.
- Sunken eyes
- Quickening heartbeat
- Dry mouth
Avoiding Dehydration in the Desert
These 5 tips can help you stay hydrated and safe year round, and especially in the desert in the summer.
- Avoid sugary drinks that can increase the risk of dehydration.
- Set a daily water goal and use a reusable water bottle to measure your water intake against your goal.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol that can dehydrate the body.
- Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day and take advantage of cooler temperatures in the early morning and later evening.
- Drink water before you feel thirsty. Feeling thirsty is a sign of dehydration.
How do you stay hydrated in the summer? We’d love to hear from you! Contact Broadway Proper today for a virtual consult and see how we can help you stay healthy this summer and year-round!
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