The Importance of Hydration
It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest food, absorb nutrients from food, and then get rid of the unused waste. Water is found in foods—both solids and liquids, as well as in its natural state.
With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst, so don’t wait until you are thirsty to have water. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids. Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential if you exercise regularly.
How much fluid is needed: Most individuals over the age of 60 need six to eight cups or 32 to 48 ounces of fluid per day. You may need more in the summer or if you participate in physical activity that causes sweating. *Check with your doctor, however, if you’ve been told to limit what you drink.
Common signs of dehydration: Dry mouth, thirst, constipation, decreased urination or dark colored urine, headache, dry skin, fatigue, chills, and dizziness.
Tips to drinking enough fluids:
- Carry a water bottle with you when you go out
- Put sticky notes on your refrigerator door and bathroom mirror as reminders saying “drink a glass of water”
- When you take pills, drink a whole glass of water not just a few sips
- Take sips of water in between bites of food during a meal
- If you drink soda or juice, mix half of the glass with water to cut calories and add fluids
- Include one to two cups of low-fat milk to your daily routine (8 ounces of 2% or 1% milk contains 7 ounces of water)
- Try adding fruit to water or seltzer water to add flavor
- Keep a glass of water at your bedside
Limit beverages that are high in calories including soda, juice, alcohol, and any sugar containing beverages.
Foods with the most fluid:
- Broth based soups: Look for less than 300mg of sodium per serving
- Fruit: Apples, apple sauce, peaches, pineapple, watermelon, plums, oranges, melon
- Vegetables: Carrots, lettuce, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, celery, tomatoes
- Cereal: Hot, made with milk or water and cold, made with milk
- Desserts: Low fat ice cream, sorbet, pudding, popsicles, yogurt
State Officials tour Fall River's Mitchell Heights, tout effort to create more supportive housing sites.
Herald News Staff Reporter – Jo C. Goode
Posted May. 23, 2014 @ 10:24 pm
Updated May 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM
FALL RIVER — John Polanowicz, Secretary of Health and Human Services, joined Secretary Ann Hartstein of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs for a visit at Mitchell Heights Apartments on Friday. They met with tenants and toured the supportive housing site to highlight the need for more facilities that help veterans and low-income, elderly, and handicapped people live more independently.
Mitchell Heights is the only supportive housing site on the city’s low-income housing list.
Hartstein said the hope is to add 10 additional supportive housing sites throughout the State through an initiative by Gov. Deval Patrick. The house supported the measure, but the Senate voted it down on Thursday, according to Hartstein.
“This is a great model here, “Hartstein said of Mitchell Heights. “it was one of the original sites.”
Facilities like Mitchell Heights offer what she called “intermittent care.” Residents can take advantage of services ranging from grocery shopping to help getting around, without which some residents might have to resort to nursing homes.
“It’s a prudent investment and creates an environment where they don’t have to leave their homes,” Hartstein said. “It’s a cost savings to the taxpayer; it’s a quality of life issue. It’s just a win-win all around.”
Polanowicz chatted with Bill Walker, President of the Tenant Association, asking what changes he’s seen over the years.
Walker said there are more activities for tenants to enjoy.
“So there’s a lot more social interaction,” Polanowicz said.
Polanowicz said he had just attended a board meeting of Bristol Elder Services to discuss the governor’s budget and his efforts to increase funding for elder support, and thought he’d take the opportunity to visit Mitchell heights to see firsthand what supportive housing looks like. He said he spoke with residents who are grateful to live in a place like Mitchell Heights. “it’s about keeping people in their setting,” Polanowicz said.