It has been an incredibly warm summer here, and in the high heat our thoughts turn to our most vulnerable neighbours, seniors citizens. Staying hydrated in the heat is essential to good health, but these following tips are actually good year round.
Tips for Seniors Staying Hydrated:
- Carry a water bottle with you always. Keep it in your handbag or next to your keys so you don’t forget it.
- Drink at least eight cups of water per day. If you use a water filter, you can use that to keep track of how much you’re drinking.
- Get in the habit of having a glass of water every time you go in the kitchen.
- In extreme heat, add electrolytes to your water. You can buy these in fizzy tablets, or make your own with a wedge of lemon, and a pinch each of salt and sugar.
- You are most dehydrated after sleeping, so first thing in the morning rehydrate with a large glass of water.
- If dehydrated, or in extreme heat, avoid alcohol.
It’s important to know the symptoms of dehydration so you can monitor yourself and your loved ones. Review the following link for more advice: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/dehyd