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Pay Attention to the Amount of Water a Senior Drinks

Senior Care in Gilbert AZ

People can become dehydrated for a wide range of reasons. For the senior in your life who may be taking certain Senior Care in Gilbert AZmedications, are not as active any longer, or are dealing with a variety of physical limitations or health problems, it’s important to pay attention to this vital element of healthy living.

Even if the senior doesn’t require care at this time, or has refused a caregiver, there are plenty of things family members can do to help encourage them to stay hydrated throughout the day.

There are many different reasons why people become dehydrated:

Medications

One of the most common reasons has to do with medications. High blood pressure or antidepressant medications are diuretics. These medications can cause the individual to sweat more frequently. On top of that, the senior’s sense of thirst might not be the same as it was when they were younger. As a result, they might not be drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated when taking certain medications.

Level of Activity

Another factor that can affect hydration among seniors is the level of activity they experience. When a senior is not as active as they were in their younger years, they might not be paying attention to how much water they drink daily. If they don’t feel thirsty and don’t believe they are sweating that much, they might not drink as much water as they need to stay properly hydrated.

Coffee Consumption

Drinking coffee and certain other types of beverages can also cause some levels of dehydration, but not directly. An individual who consumes several cups of coffee and even tea throughout the day might assume they have gotten enough fluid in their body.

However, the caffeine and other ingredients in coffee can actually draw moisture out of the body, which means a person should still be drinking at least eight 8oz. glasses of water on a daily basis.

What are potential signs of dehydration?

More often than not, they will experience fatigue, low energy levels, and may have difficulty remembering appointments and other important information. The body requires enough hydration for organs to function properly, including the heart and brain. If they don’t get enough water in their daily diet, it could also lead to increased blood pressure and other health problems.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.