More than any other age group, seniors are especially prone to dehydration. As one ages, meeting hydration needs becomes more challenging because the body’s water volume naturally decreases. Water provides optimal hydration, but seniors often grow bored with its lack of flavor. Fortunately, at-home caregivers in The Grand Strand can flavor their loved one’s water to suit individual tastes.
With their natural sweetness, fruits are one of the most simple and appealing ways to flavor water. Seniors often love lemon slices in their water, though lime slices are a nice variation. Fresh pineapple, mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and watermelon give lovely color and flavor to any water bottle. Dark colored berries all contain vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and may reduce cancer risk. Watermelon is rich in potassium, which can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of kidney disease. Peaches have high levels of magnesium, which aids weight control. You might also juice some of the fruit and combine it with water in a blender to infuse the whole drink with a vibrant hue. Juicing works best for larger fruits like watermelons and peaches. If still water is unappealing after trying these tips, try them again with sparkling water as an alternative.
Vegetables are ideal as water flavorings during the summer months, too. Slicing cucumber and putting it in the water often adds enough flavor for most people, but you can include some whole blueberries or other dark berries to add sweetness. Cucumber and watermelon are an exceptionally flavorful pairing. Juicing a carrot or beet and mixing it with water can be a nutritious and delicious option, as well.
For herbs, water with mint is both beautiful and flavorful. Herbal teas work well during all seasons and can be served hot or iced. They come in such a wide variety of flavors including mint, rosemary, basil, and various flowers that seniors can also pair with fruits or sugars for additional sweetness. With these fun and fragrant options, you’re sure to find something your senior loved one will enjoy.
Though unconventional, spices bring lots of flavor to water and they have important benefits for senior health. Cinnamon aids blood sugar regulation and is one of the easiest spices to start with. Simply take a cinnamon stick, place it in a pitcher of water, and refrigerate overnight. If added sweetness is needed, cinnamon water works well with sliced pears, and you can even blend a vanilla pod with it. Turmeric is a bright yellow spice with anti-inflammatory properties. When mixed with natural sweeteners, it makes a uniquely flavorful tea. Using a teakettle, add one teaspoon of turmeric per four cups of boiling water. Once the water has boiled, allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then pour the mixture through a tea strainer and into a glass. Add honey and lemon to taste.
For more information regarding the importance of hydration, turn to Home Care Assistance of The Grand Strand. We are a dedicated provider of senior care The Grand Strand families trust to help their loved ones age in place with dignity. Our experienced caregivers help clients lead happy, healthy lives during their golden years by implementing healthy diets, regular exercise, and socialization. Call us today at (843) 353-3105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.