Family and friends are a huge part of any graduation. When including seniors in the festivities, there are important factors to consider to ensure that they will be comfortable and healthy while participating in the big day.
Keeping seniors hydrated is an important consideration, especially if the graduation ceremony is being held outdoors. If they are not sufficiently hydrated, seniors may complain of a headache or dry mouth, develop a rapid pulse, their blood pressure may plummet or, most seriously, lose consciousness. It’s an excellent idea to have a bottle of water or two on hand to avoid this. Encourage them to drink even if they tell you they aren’t thirsty. As one ages, the ability to sense thirst lessens so seniors may not even realize they are in trouble until it’s too late.
If the ceremony will take place during a meal time or will last several hours, a nutritional drink is a good supplement to tide them over until the celebratory meal occurs. According to this article on LIVESTRONG.com, nutritional drinks like Nestle's Carnation Instant Breakfast beverage or Ensure and Boost are good options. All come in ready to drink, on the go bottles and contain protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and calcium, all essential for an elderly person's diet.
If the senior doesn’t care for these drinks, fruits and vegetables are easy, portable options. The following list ranks some of the many choices, from highest to lowest water content:
- Radishes and celery - 95%
- Strawberries, watermelon, cauliflower, peppers - 92%
- Broccoli - 91%
- Cantaloupe and pineapple - 90%
- Raspberries - 87%
- Blueberries - 85%
- Apples - 84%
- Grapes - 81%
- Bananas - 74%
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