Maintaining proper hydration while enjoying outdoor activities in the summer heat and humidity can be challenging for anyone, but especially those with swallowing difficulties.[i] At least one in five older adults in long-term care has dehydration due to not drinking enough fluids, making it a real danger that must be proactively avoided.[ii]
Additionally, seniors have less water in their bodies than younger adults or children, so by the time they feel thirsty, they are likely already dehydrated. Studies show that a body water loss of one to two percent can impair cognitive performance.[iii] Due to lack of thirst, water fatigue, and difficulty recognizing symptoms of dehydration, many caregivers and medical staff must encourage seniors to drink fluids even when they do not feel thirsty.
From maintaining muscle and nerve functions to keeping us hydrated when we sweat, electrolytes also play an important role in overall health. [iv] Because plain water does not contain electrolytes, it is imperative for everyone to add electrolyte-rich beverages to their health and wellness routine. [v]
The Thick-It® brand offers a variety of flavor-packed hydration solutions with added electrolytes to promote all-day, everyday hydration for everyone, including:
- Clear Advantage® HydraICE™ Electrolyte Freezer Pops. These pineapple-flavored freezer pops bring much needed variety along with electrolytes that help the body stay hydrated. Although they are pre-thickened and IDDSI-compliant in Level 2 (mildly thick) formula, they are a refreshing option for everyone. In fact, 11 out of 11 healthcare professionals surveyed agreed they would serve them to residents with or without dysphagia.
- Clear Advantage® Plus Electrolytes Thickened Fruit Punch Beverage. Also available in a grape option, these beverages are pre-mixed with electrolytes to help those with swallowing difficulties stay balanced and hydrated. The resealable, single-serve bottles are ready to drink and ready to go wherever you are, last 24 hours after opening, and contain no high-fructose corn syrup.
Whether you are enjoying a barbecue, attending a baseball game, walking in the park, or relaxing in your own backyard, you can enjoy all summer has to offer while preventing dehydration and water fatigue with these refreshing products.
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