Older People Urged To Drink More Water During Warm Weather
|Published: 24th July 2012 13:09|
Care bosses in Leicestershire are urging older people to drink more water, tea and soft drinks during the current warm spell, to avoid dehydration.
Leicestershire County Council raised the issue due to concerns that many older people are not drinking enough, which can lead to health problems.
David Sprason, cabinet member for Adults and Communities, said:
"People need to drink two and a half pints of fluid per day - and even more when it's hot. Tap water is one of the best things you can drink - it's cheap and it's high quality.
"Our meals on wheels teams are helping to spread this message and help older people prepare drinks. We're also encouraging carers and neighbours to keep an eye open and see if their older friends and relatives are drinking enough."
Drinking helps to maintain your body temperature, as well as:
- Maintaining mental performance and keeping you alert
- Preventing falls through fainting
- Preventing pressure sores
- Preventing constipation
- Preventing urinary tract infections
- Preventing kidney and gall stones
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Helping to prevent low blood pressure
- Helping to manage diabetes
Older people are being encouraged to:
- Have a full glass of water with any medication
- Drink between meal times
- Have a drink with meals
- Ask their carer to leave them with a drink for the rest of the day