As we age, the amount of fluid in our bodies begins to decrease. This means there are fewer water reserves available for your body to use as you get older. There is a lowered thirst response. The natural aging process weakens the body’s ability to signal it does not have enough fluid. This means older adults don’t feel as thirsty as younger people do, and they may not realize they need to drink water.
Experts generally recommend that older adults consume at least 1.7 liters of fluid per 24 hours. This corresponds to 57.5 fluid ounces, or 7.1 cups. Causes of refusal to eat and drink may include physiologic changes associated with aging, mental disorders including dementia and depression, medical, social, and environmental factors. What do you do when someone refuses to drink water?
Tips for Getting Seniors to drink fluids:
1. Add some sparkle. Try seltzer or other bubbly water-based drinks. …
2. Flavor it up with lemons, limes, cucumbers etc.
3. Try a splash of 100 percent juice
4. Eat fruits and veggies
5. Have soup
6. Drink tea or coffee
7. Drink dairy and milk-alternatives
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