Dehydration happens when the body loses more fluids than it takes in. Our bodies need water for many reasons like regulating body temperature, maintain blood pressure, lubricating joints, carrying nutrients to cells and getting rid of waste.
Drinking water and other fluids thought the day helps the body to carry out its normal functions.
It is important for older adults to consume the right amount of fluids since they are more vulnerable to dehydration. There are many reasons for this including illness, medications, and the decreased sense of thirst.
Common Signs of Dehydration in Seniors:
- Difficulty walking
- Dizziness, confusion, or headaches
- Low blood pressure and rapid heart rate
- Dry mouth or nose
- Decreased urine production or constipation
- Dry skin and sunken eyes
- Low sweat production
Tips to Prevent Dehydration in Seniors:
- Drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day
- keep a water bottle close by
- Consider different drink choices and different temperatures
- Avoid coffee and alcohol
- Eat healthy foods high in water, like fresh fruits, vegetables and soups
- Don’t skip meals