By Jon Gapper

Often, the younger generation is seen wandering around with a water bottle firmly in their grasp. This is a reasonably new trend and not something I or our clients grew up with.

We would have a few cups of tea a day but rarely, if ever, would we actually drink a glass of water. As you get older, it gets harder to stay hydrated.

Your body doesn’t recognise the thirst response as easily, and medications can increase the amount of fluid you pass. Unfortunately, dehydration can have quite drastic consequences: changes in mood, increased confusion, dizziness, which can lead to an increase in the number of falls and a greater risk of contracting an infection.
This can result in hospitalisation.

So how do you (or someone you live with) stay hydrated during the summer? Here are a few tips:

• Make your meals wetter; sounds odd but just by including a gravy or custard with your meal is getting more liquid into your system. It all counts towards a better-hydrated mind and body.
• Embrace the inner child; there is nothing wrong with enjoying an ice lolly or a nice glass of milk like we did at school.
• Speak to your doctor; if you are on diuretics, could they be taken at a different time of day to maximise your hydration?
• Try to make water attractive, add a squash, a slice of orange or lemon, or some ice cubes.
• When taking your medication, don’t just take a sip of water, drink the full glass.

Home Instead Senior Care says it is changing the way care is provided in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.

The service is totally flexible to meet clients’ needs and is available from as little as one hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on joining the team, or on the services provided, phone Salisbury office on 01722 443 559, www.homeinstead.co.uk/salisbury-and-romsey

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