Senior Hydration, Nutrition, part 5
What to choose when you are looking for a healthy snack or meal? Hey, we all cut corners at times. Sometimes the healthy choice just isn’t as easily prepped as a quick sugar snack. But appetite control can be very well satisfied with a bit of self-control.
Many foods have high water content and can help keep seniors hydrated. Really, any fruit or vegetable with more than 80% water content is a great choice. Visiting a local farmers market will provide fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.
Here is a list of some high water-content foods that offer the best hydration:
— Iceberg and romaine lettuce
— Zucchini and summer squash
— Bell peppers
— Soups, broths and stews (please review the sodium content)
— Check in on them often.
— Remind them about their liquid intake — what they are consuming?
— What kind of foods are being consumed?
— If they garden, remind them not to spend too much time in mid-day heat.
— Some medications will contribute to dehydration — check their prescriptions.
Home Care Partners provides private-duty home care staff to help ensure the safety of your elderly parents. We help them stay at home, with a bit of extra daily assistance. Our care staff will provide socialization/homemaking and personal care services.
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