SAFETY MONTH: STAYING HYDRATED IN THE DESERT
**DRINK WATER! DRINK WATER! DRINK WATER!**
We will be saying these words a lot during the hot summer days here in the desert!
Due to our early high temperatures here in the desert-we need to discuss ensuring our loved ones are drinking sufficient fluids!! Dehydration can occur so quickly during this time!
Staying hydrated in the desert may be a challenge, but a necessity. The sun here will actually draw the moisture from your body. You can feel dehydration when you start experiencing a headache, lightheadedness, weakness and a racing heart.
The older person needs to be reminded to drink sufficient fluids. The goal should be 7-8 eight ounce glasses of water per day unless they are on a specific restricted fluids diet. Keeping a glass of fluid beside them all the time can help. Other ways to increase fluid/water intake in the elderly are: choose fruit and vegetable juices and soups as meal complements; drink full glass of water when taking medications; increasing fruit and vegetable consumption--vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, lettuce and celery are all about 90-99% water. Summer salads here we come!
During the summer months in the desert, you MUST take water with you everywhere!!! If your car breaks down on the freeway, don't count on someone stopping to help you. You must be able to fend for yourself and prepare accordingly. You should also keep an umbrella in your car. Shade makes a huge difference here. Shade is even more scarce than water in the desert.