During the summer months, people over 65 are especially vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat, including dehydration. According to a study by the UCLA School of Nursing, it is estimated that up to 40 percent of community-dwelling elderly people may be chronically underhydrated, which can lead to more severe dehydration and ultimately life-threatening infections and other health problems.
Many seniors may not realize they are suffering from dehydration until it’s too late. BAYADA’s Assistive Care services matches Home Health Aides and other caregiver staff with seniors to assist with their activities of daily living, and help ensure they remain hydrated and healthy during rising temperatures. Check out these tips for beating the summer heat!