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Senior Health: Essential Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer

Summer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, brings sunshine and warm weather, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. But for active seniors, staying cool and hydrated becomes even more important. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at retaining water. This means staying hydrated takes a little extra effort, but the benefits are well worth it!

Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids offers a range of benefits, including:

Regulating Body Temperature

Water helps our bodies maintain a healthy temperature, reducing the risk of heatstroke during hot summer days.

Supporting Joint Health

Proper hydration keeps joints functioning smoothly, promoting flexibility and reducing stiffness.

Aiding Digestion

Water keeps your digestive system functioning smoothly.

Optimizing Kidney Function

Water helps the kidneys flush out waste products, keeping them healthy. Dehydration can lead to kidney failure, especially in older adults, chronic kidney disease patients, and those at risk of CKD.

Maintaining Cognitive Function

Dehydration can lead to confusion and fatigue. Staying hydrated can help keep your mind sharp and focused.

Simple Strategies for Daily Fluid Intake

Here are some easy-to-implement strategies to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the summer:

Consulting with a healthcare provider can offer personalized fluid intake advice, especially for individuals with specific medical conditions or those seeking additional tips on staying hydrated.

1. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle

Having a water bottle readily available encourages you to sip on water frequently.

2. Infuse Your Water with Flavor

Adding slices of lemon, cucumber, or other produce to your water can make it more appealing and taste refreshing.

3. Enjoy Water-Rich Foods

Include plenty of fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries in your diet. You can help prevent dehydration by incorporating high-water content foods into your diet.

4. Set Hydration Reminders

Utilize apps or devices that send you reminders to drink water throughout the day.

5. Explore Other Hydrating Beverages

While water is the best choice, maintaining proper water intake is vital for overall health. Decaffeinated tea and clear broths can also contribute to your daily fluid intake.

Additional Tips for Summer Heat

Limit Sugary Drinks

Sugary beverages can dehydrate you, so opt for water or unsweetened drinks.

Be Aware of Dehydration Signs

Watch for signs like thirst, fatigue, dizziness, or dark urine, and increase your fluid intake if necessary. Even mild dehydration can lead to uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms, including tiredness, lack of coordination, falls, injuries, impaired cognitive function, disruptions of concentration, alertness, short-term memory, headaches, fatigue, and lethargy.

Seek Air-Conditioned Comfort

During hot weather, plan activities around air-conditioned spaces to cool down and prevent excessive sweating.

Dress for the Season

Choose loose-fitting, breathable clothing that allows air circulation and keeps you cool.

Staying Hydrated: A Recipe for a Healthy Summer

By incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine, you can ensure you stay hydrated and enjoy a healthy, active summer. When it comes down to it, the best way to prevent dehydration is to drink more water throughout the day. Remember, staying hydrated is key to overall well-being at any age.

Discover the John Knox Village Difference This Summer

We invite you to experience the vibrant, healthy lifestyle that John Knox Village offers this summer.

John Knox Village is a leader in senior care in Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City community. The community boasts a diverse range of living options from free-standing homes and apartment homes to cottages and villas. With more than 700,000 square feet of common space across the beautiful campus, you’ll find more opportunities and experiences right outside your door.

For more information about our senior living options or to schedule a visit, contact us, or call (816) 261-8000.