Summer is here and with summer comes some unique health risks for seniors. The summers have been getting hotter and more intense each year for the last several years and that means that seniors need to be very careful of their health during the summer. In addition to wearing sunscreen and staying inside during the hottest parts of the day seniors need to take extra precautions to avoid dehydration. When the thermometer climbs and seniors wear more than usual they can become dehydrated quickly. Consideration to have senior care assistance is a great idea.
In addition to drinking water regularly throughout the day seniors should be eating fruits and vegetables that will help them stay hydrated like:
Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are filled with delicious healthy juice that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Citrus fruits are the ideal summer snacks for seniors, especially if they are kept in the fridge so they are nice and cold. However, many medications can interact badly with grapefruit juice so seniors should be very careful about eating grapefruits unless they are sure it’s safe to eat grapefruit with their medication. If your senior loved one has senior home care a care provider can double-check your senior parent’s medication to be sure.
There’s nothing more refreshing than a cucumber salad on a hot summer day. Cucumbers aren’t just for salads though. These water-packed veggies are fantastic to eat sliced and added to water or other drinks. They are also great tossed with a little olive oil and cheese and basil. A senior home care provider can prepare delicious cucumber dishes and cucumber waters all summer long to help your senior parent stay hydrated during the hottest parts of the summer. Just make sure that if your senior loved one has poor grip strength someone will be available to help them peel and chop or slice cucumbers.
Watermelon is a delicious and healthy summer staple. It’s also 90% water. Cubed watermelon is a fantastic snack that seniors can munch on all day or after dinner when they want something sweet. Watermelon is extremely low in calories but it’s filling because of all the water it contains. And watermelon juice can be used instead of water in fun fruit waters, cocktails, and mocktails that will make any summer afternoon or summer evening seem more festive. Watermelon juice mocktails around the fire pit are a great ending to any summer day.
Sweet, low-calorie, water-filled cantaloupe tastes like an indulgence but it’s actually very healthy. Packed with water and vitamins cubed cantaloupe is a fantastic breakfast for seniors to help them get hydrated for the day ahead. Some cottage cheese with cantaloupe is a protein-rich breakfast that will keep your senior parent full and hydrated throughout the morning. The sweetness of the cantaloupe will make the cottage cheese taste sweet, but a secret hack to make cottage cheese taste better is to add a teaspoon of sugar-free gelatin powder to the cottage cheese. Then mix in the cantaloupe for a fabulous cold and delicious summer breakfast or snack.
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