Do you realize…roughly 50% of all older adults are chronically under-hydrated, based on a recent research study conducted at UCLA? Not only that, but seniors over age 65 represent the highest category of hospital admissions as a result of dehydration.
Dehydration in seniors can sneak up quickly, as older adults frequently have a decreased sensation of thirst, may experience medication side effects that can cause hydration problems, or incorrectly believe that drinking less will lessen incontinence issues.
Senior dehydration can be very dangerous, raising the risk for health issues which include:
Dehydration is often detected by the following symptoms:
Even though we commonly pay more attention to hydration when the temperature is elevated, it’s essential for seniors to consume sufficient fluids all through the year. Experts recommend striving for six to eight 250-mL cups of liquid each day.
Try these tips so that the older adults you love stay healthy and hydrated:
The professional Windsor-Essex senior care team at Amy’s Helping Hands are experienced in innovative approaches to help older adults stay hydrated, and in monitoring fluid intake to make sure enough fluids are consumed on a daily basis. Contact us online or call us at 519-915-4370 to find out more about how we can help enhance the health of cherished loved ones throughout Windsor-Essex and the surrounding areas, right in the convenience and familiarity of home.