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Remember to Drink

by Senior Care Society on 07/30/2013 - 09:46 am

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

No, I am not talking about booze.  Yet, relaxing with a yummy tropical drink (even one without alcohol) can be very refreshing and satisfying during a warm summer day.  The drink reminder has to do with the risk of dehydration, especially during the warmest months of the year.

 

Next to oxygen, water is the nutrient most needed for life. In the body, water acts as a solvent, coolant, lubricant, and transport agent. It's needed to regulate body temperature, carry nutrients, remove toxins and waste materials, and provide the medium in which all cellular chemical reactions take place.  Water serves as one of our greatest fuels for energy.

 

Some people with disabilities and the elderly are at a heightened risk for dehydration because their bodies have a lower water content than younger people. Certain medications also contribute to drying a person out.  At the same time, the elderly do not always recognize their thirst and may actually limit their fluid intake due to concerns with incontinence.

 

Also, many people get bored with just drinking water.  Sport drinks which can provide needed electrolytes can also become boring. My mother was one of those people who would often turn down drinks of any kind.  I know the reason--as her frailty increased, her stamina decreased.  The walk to the bathroom seemed like a major workout. To cut down on the trips and minimize the risk of wetting herself, she would just say she was not thirsty when offered a beverage.

 

It is important to note that one does not need to drink something out of a cup to get fluids.  I found that my mother enjoyed watermelon, lemon ices, fresh fruit salad, freezer pops, and smoothies.  The key to keeping my mother adequately hydrated was to offer fun, refreshing, and hydrating alternatives.  She would enjoy and smile while consuming a special treat.  Meanwhile, I would feel satisfied in knowing that she was staying hydrated and feeling pleased while doing so.

 

Practice Tip:  If you support someone who is fussy about staying adequately hydrated, try offering preferred alternatives.  Don't forget yourself.  After all, i f you're feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired. The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively. Water also helps your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.  Feel free to go and check out this post from health.com for some ideas to boost your energy.   

 

Happy Hydrating!

 

Energetically yours,

Michael

 

Bloom Coaching and Performance LLC is committed to providing customized, person centered coaching programs and services that can positively transform the lives of as many caregivers and caregiver support workers as possible.

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