Older people encouraged to stay hydrated in hot weather

With this week’s high temperatures set to soar even further, a national charity has teamed up wtih Scottish Water to urge older people to turn on the tap and stay hydrated.

Mark Dowie
Thursday, 14th July 2022, 7:00am
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Drinking plenty of fresh, tap water is crucial for maintaining good health at all times, but it is even more important during this spell of hot weather when water is needed to regulate body temperature and give depleted hydration levels a much-needed boost.
Dehydration in older people can contribute to a number of health issues including tiredness, headaches, feeling lightheaded and confusion.

Drinking between six and eight glasses of tap water a day helps to keep dehydration at bay as well as support mental and physical health and well-being.
And Age Scotland has highlighted the particular importance of older people drinking enough water, as many stop feeling thirsty, making it all too easy to forget to drink.

Refilling a glass during every visit to the kitchen or keeping a topped-up refillable bottle within arm’s reach can act as a reminder to stay hydrated.
The charity is also encouraging vulnerable older people to sign up for Scottish Water's Priority Services Register, which offers extra support for customers who have additional communication, access or safety needs.

The register is available to people who rely more than others on Scottish Water's water and waste services, including those with additional communication, access or safety needs.or chronic health conditions.
Michelle Supple, director of Age Scotland’s charity services, said: "Now that we're finally seeing some hot summer weather, it is vital that older people stay hydrated and healthy and there is no better way of doing that than drinking Scottish tap water.
"We are lucky in this country to be able to get clean, fresh water straight from the tap.

"There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a cool glass of tap water. It's one of the single best things you can do to look after your health."
To request a copy of Age Scotland’s Hydration Matters publication, and to establish if you for Scottish Water Priority Services Register, contact the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222 or visit www.age.scot/hydration-matters.

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