June 23rd is National Hydration Day. Do you know how much you should drink every day? General guidelines used to be that you needed 64 ounces each day. Guidelines have changed. The actual amount depends on your activity levels, your weight, and your gender.
In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was discovered that the average adult only drinks about 39 ounces of water each day. The Food and Nutrition Board recommends that the total amount of water from foods and beverages for men should be around 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women.
It’s hard to calculate the exact water content in the foods you eat, but most experts feel 20 percent of your water comes from food. That means women should be drinking 72.8 ounces each day, and men should be drinking 100 ounces.
Signs of Dehydration
You might think of dehydration symptoms as being excessive thirst and a dry mouth. A senior citizen may not be able to pick up on excessive thirst. Common symptoms in seniors include agitation, lightheadedness, confusion, fatigue, low blood pressure, rapid pulse, headaches, and sunken eyes.
You won’t be able to tell if your mom or dad’s mouth is dry. Mood changes are one indicator. Monitoring how much your parent drinks is equally important. Some devices, such as the Fitbit, can track how much your mom or dad drinks each day. For that to work, your parent does need to be able to tell the device when he or she has a drink.
Dangers of Dehydration
If your mom or dad is dehydrated, it can impact overall health. Repeated incidences of dehydration can lead to kidney stones and UTIs. It can mess up the electrolyte balances in the bloodstream that can cause muscles to contract improperly. It can also cause a drop in blood volume, which causes low blood pressure and reduces oxygen flow within the body. The heart will have to work harder.
Monitor Your Parent’s Water Intake
Monitor how much your parent drinks each day. If you’re not there, senior care aides can help. Your mom or dad should have a glass of water each hour. It doesn’t have to be a big glass of water. If your parent is up for 16 hours a day, your mom would just need a 4.5-ounce glass of water once an hour, and your dad would need about 6.25 ounces each hour.
With senior care services, someone can be there to make sure your parent is having enough coffee, tea, juice, water, or seltzer each hour. Learn more by talking to our senior care professional at a local agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services near Quarryville PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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