Avamere at Mountaint Ridge, located in the heart of South Ogden, Utah, is nestled against the Wasatch Front on the west flank of the Rocky Mountains.
For many seniors, particularly those who have to spend a lot of time indoors during the winter, the summer can be a great time of year to experience the outdoors and nature. At the same time, however, time in the summer sun presents a few minor risks to those who are older and may have compromised immune systems or other health conditions – and one such risk is dehydration.
At Avamere at Mountain Ridge, our assisted living services include professional staff who are well-trained on senior hydration and ensuring dehydration risks are not present during the hot Utah summer. For any senior caregiver, taking a few extra steps to help your loved one stay hydrated through the summer is very important – here are a few areas to consider.
Generally speaking, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommend between 48 and 64 ounces of fluid each day, primarily water. This range should be increased for those spending more time outdoors or performing physical activity, or for those who may become dehydrated faster, including seniors in some cases.
Fluid can refer to both water or other forms, such as fruit and vegetable juices, soups and even milk. Sodas and coffees may technically be liquids, but they shouldn’t play a big role in anyone’s daily liquid consumption total.
Some general tips to help seniors stay hydrated during the dry summer:
Finally, caregivers should keep a close eye on any possible warning signs of dehydration taking place in seniors, both during outdoor activities and in general. Here are some basic red flags you might pick up on:
For more on preventing dehydration in seniors during the dry Utah summer, or to learn about any of our senior living programs or memory care services, speak to the staff at Avamere at Mountain Ridge today.