Age Scotland and Scottish Water join forces to keep older people hydrated
Age Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Water, is urging older people to turn on the tap to stay hydrated as temperatures are set to soar this weekend.
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 keep dehydration at bay as well as supporting mental and physical health and wellbeing.
It’s especially important for older people to drink enough water as many stop feeling thirsty, making it all too easy to forget to drink. Getting into the habit of refilling your glass every time you go into the kitchen or keeping a topped-up refillable bottle within arms reach can act as a reminder to stay hydrated.
Age Scotland 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 disabilities or chronic health conditions. Those who sign up are assured of support when they need it most.
Michelle Supple, director of charity services at Age Scotland, 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.
“We’re delighted to be continuing our work with Scottish Water to promote the many health benefits of drinking water but also to remind vulnerable older people and their carers of the Priority Services Register which is there to support older people in need should their water services be affected.”
Brian Lironi, director of corporate affairs at Scottish Water, added: “We’re really pleased Age Scotland and Scottish Water are continuing to work together to help encourage older people to top up from the tap to stay hydrated
“Water is vital for our bodies and topping up from the tap can help you stay hydrated and play your part in making Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live – it’s good for your health, your pocket and the planet.
“Remember to take a refillable bottle with you when you go out and about too so you can stay refreshed and hydrated on the go. There are now over 70 of our bright blue Top Up Taps in cities, towns, parks and beaches across the country where you can top up with Scottish tap water. You can find your nearest top up tap location here.
“And we hope that older people who may require additional support continue to sign up to our Priority Services Register to enable us to ensure that, whenever there are any issues with our service that affect them, we’re able to prioritise them and make sure they get the support they need.”