Tips for older folks to drink more water
This is the second article in our series about senior health and hydration. In Part 1, we discussed how much water seniors should drink and the signs of dehydration, so if you missed that, be sure to read Part 1 first!
To wrap up our two-parter, today we’re looking at fun and doable tips for seniors to keep hydrated, including some great ideas from our users!
"I struggled a lot with my water intake, but when I started using a straw I was able to drink a lot more." -- Plant Nanny user @draconic_philosophia.
Sip, Sip, Hooray
Drinking water throughout the day can be challenging. For seniors who have difficulty holding a glass or bottle for an extended period, consider choosing a cup with a lid and a straw to sip water gradually throughout the day. This slowpoke approach also helps reduce sudden bathroom urges!
Track What Matters
Water intake apps, journals, and even mobile reminders are a great way to keep on top of your water consumption. If you’re not a big fan of technology, consider setting up a system where a water buddy (a caregiver or a friend) agrees to help remind you to drink water throughout the day. Another low-tech idea is to use water bottles with time markers that show how much water should be consumed by certain hours in the day.
"And my tips for summer is a cold glass of lemonade with a max of 2 ice cubes in it just to not get cold. -- Plant Nanny user @denizyasaar2012.
"I work full time but honestly if the water isn't cold I have a hard time motivating myself to drink it lol. What I did was bring a small bag of ice and a bottle to work so that way I can enjoy my cold water and not go so long at work without hydrating. -- Plant Nanny user @mottz_fruit_snacks.
Add Some Flavor & Make It Cold
Plain water can be dull, but adding some zest can make it more enjoyable. Infuse lemon, lime, berries, mint, or cucumber for a fresh flavor, or freeze it into ice cubes to add bursts of flavor to any drink. Sparkling water is also a tasty alternative to plain water.
Eat Your Water
You can sneak more water into your diet by adding juicy fruits and veggies. Have some grapes or cut-up watermelon and cucumbers on standby for a quick snack. You can also opt for soups, which are not only hydrating but soothing. At dinner time, go for a variety of water-rich vegetables, such as carrots, celery, and onions, as a soup or as a side.
Activate the Power of Water
Staying active is important as you get older and face age-related health concerns, and one way to do so is via water-based activities such as swimming at a local pool or community center or joining a water aerobics class. These activities can engage your senses and help you stay motivated to hydrate. No matter what activity you choose, hydrate before, during, and after your workout.
Staying hydrated is as crucial as watering a favorite plant, and it’s even more important to drink water to keep thriving as you age. If you found these tips helpful, remember to share this article with your friends and loved ones! And while you’re here, why not consider tracking your water intake with the Plant Nannyapp? Happy sipping!