ComForcare Home Care encourages seniors to get out and enjoy the warm summer months by taking walks, participating in outdoor activities and games, attending concerts, sporting events, and family gatherings. It is important to remember though, that as temperatures rise, everyone – especially seniors – need to increase their daily intake of water.
Health Care Benefits of Water
Water is essential for proper health care and body function. Without it, the average person would only live for about three days. This is because the body is made up of about 60% water which is responsible for aiding many bodily functions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps your body discharge toxins and waste through bowel movements, sweat and urine. Water also helps keep cells full and elastic, and helps shuttle nutrients, energy, and immune cells throughout your body.
In addition to assisting with basic body functions, water has many practical health care benefits such as:
– Improving concentration
– Decreasing fatigue and moodiness
– Preventing headaches
– Improving joint and muscle pain
– Preventing lower back pain
– Preventing infections
– Improving skin and preventing wrinkles
– Preventing kidney stones
– Reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure
– Relieving constipation
– Maintaining a healthy weight
Home care providers remind seniors that they should be especially conscious of their water intake. It is recommended that adults drink 64 ounces of water a day. That means eight (8 ounce) cups a day. For many, this may seem like a daunting amount, especially since that this amount is recommended in addition to or in place of soft drinks or juice. Consider drinking a glass of water when you wake up, another with breakfast, sipping one throughout the morning and a fourth with lunch. You will be halfway to your goal by noon.
Partner with a Home Care Provider to Stay Healthy and Hydrated
ComForcare caregivers can help increase the amount of water clients drink by offering it often and they can monitor and record intake. Installing a water cooler in the kitchen, bedroom or family room where it will be easily accessible and visible at all times may help those who live alone drink more water.
In addition to drinking water, it is a good idea to eat fluid-rich foods such as citrus fruit and melons. Take water bottles to outdoor events or when running errands. Everyone constantly loses water through sweat, urine, and even the process of breathing and it is easy to become dehydrated and not even realize it.
Those experiencing headaches, muscle or joint stiffness or fatigue (some of the symptoms of dehydration) should see a doctor. If dehydration is the diagnosis, talk with the doctor, family members and a home care provider to determine ways to increase water intake.
Personalized Home Care is Available from ComForcare
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. ComForcare caregivers make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its home care services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
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2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302