Summer time means more cases of dehydration at area hospitals nationwide, but seniors are especially vulnerable. As we age, we don’t notice the symptoms such as body temperature changes. In addition, some medications promote dehydration and it’s a fact that seniors don’t experience the same level of thirst that younger people do. The result? Recent government studies show dehydration is one of the top conditions sending people 65 and older to the emergency room. Symptoms can range from headaches to nausea to loss of balance and confusion and in severe cases — unconsciousness and heat stroke.
To help tackle the issue (and provide fun for our residents), Aegis Living, a national leader in assisted living and memory care teamed up with Michele Clarke-Mason, the nutritionist to Seattle’s hometown 2014 Super Bowl champions. We asked her to make a delicious healthy smoothie to hydrate and boost anyone’s brain game. After all, her clients do hold the Lombardi! The result? She says what’s good for to optimize player performance is good for seniors too. The “Stealthy Green Smoothie” is a creative refreshing drink that is good for the heart and head. Being creativity is one of the simple ways we recommend preventing dehydration. Others include:
- Get creative and versatile. (Seniors get bored too.)
- Make drinks convenient and accessible in the fridge and house.
- Use visible notes or reminders to drink 8oz 5-times a day.
In addition to staying cool and hydrated for the benefit of your body, Aegis Living Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shirley Newell says, “Hydration is key to good brain function for focus and alertness. And great ingredients like those in this smoothie do more than hydrate.” The “Stealthy Green Smoothie” recipe offers pertinent anti-oxidants and brain boosting Kale. “Kale is considered a “superfood” and is a wonderful antioxidant. It’s an anti-inflammatory and creates building blocks for certain neurotransmitters and minerals to boost brain health.” Says Dr. Newell who directs medical and wellness at Aegis Living. So be creative and enjoy:
“Stealth Green” Smoothie
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup kale
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 10 pieces pineapple chunks (frozen)
- 1 small banana
- 1 teaspoon spirulina* (vitamin supplement)
- Optional additions:
- ½ teaspoon bee pollen
- Whey protein powder of choice
Blend all ingredients, starting on low and switching to high once vortex has started.
For “stealth” effect, place in solid colored cup with lid and black straw.
Supports: Antioxidants, immune, blood sugar, cardiovascular, and is anti-inflammatory.
Contact the nearest Aegis Living to learn more about the delicious and healthy culinary program customizable for each resident.
*This supplement may interfere with some medications, such as hay fever. Contact your physician with questions.