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posted: July 31, 2008

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Timely Tip: Preventing Elderly Dehydration

With the elderly so vulnerable to the summer heat’s grip, it is essential for caregivers to keep a watchful eye on their loved ones. Here are ways caregivers can help loved prevent dehydration.

  • Drink plenty of water. Eight to ten glasses of water a day is enough under normal circumstances, but you and your loved one will need more in extreme heat.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages. Caffeine acts as a diuretic. It causes you to lose water.
  • Limit sports drinks, such as Gatorade. These contain sodium, which can help replace sodium you lose by sweating, which can be good. They also contain sugar and a lot of calories, however.
  • Don’t exercise when it’s hot and humid out. You’ll sweat too much, which can cause dehydration. You’ll also put yourself at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Illness makes you more susceptible to dehydration. If you’ve been sick, make sure you drink plenty of water, and stay out of the heat until you’ve recovered.

For more information on this important topic, read the feature article How Elderly Can Beat the Heat – Preventing Dehydration and Other Heat-Related Illnesses in the July 2008 Caregiver's Home Companion newsletter.

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