As seniors age, it becomes increasingly important to stay hydrated. Drinking water helps regulate body temperature, prevents constipation, and helps the kidneys function properly. It flushes debris from our cells and tissues and helps slow the aging process. When seniors get older they can’t really tell if they are thirsty. In fact, by the time they feel thirsty, they’re already dehydrated! The dehydration can be compounded by medications they may be taking such as diuretics or by the decreased kidney function that often accompanies natural aging. Some conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s can cause problems with swallowing and result in a reluctance to drink fluids. Seniors also have thinner skin so the risk of dehydration increases.
There are signs to look for if you suspect dehydration in someone: dizziness, light headedness upon standing up, constipation, loose dry skin, sudden confusion, increased fatigue, increased body tempeature, and dry mouth.
The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Drink small quantities frequently rather than a lot at one time. The best liquid for hydration is plain water. The purer, the better — beverages like coffee, tea, alcohol, and carbonated soda are actually diuretics. If you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure, consult your doctor for the right amount of fluids for you. How do you manage to get your daily dose of water? Share below and visit us at http://www.trilliumhomecare.com