Dehydration in Seniors Is More Dangerous Than You May Think. Find Tips to Help Here.

Dehydration in Seniors Is More Dangerous Than You May Think. Find Tips to Help Here.

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:

  • UTIs
  • Kidney stones and/or failure
  • Blood clots
  • Seizures
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • And many more

Dehydration is often detected by the following symptoms:

Early stages:

  • Reduced amount/darker-colored urine
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of weakness, dizziness, and/or tiredness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irritability

Advanced stages:

  • Confusion and disorientation, such as problems with walking
  • Low blood pressure levels and weakened, faster pulse and breathing
  • Stomach bloating
  • Sunken, dry eyes
  • Skin that is wrinkled with no elasticity
  • Intensified muscle cramps and contractions, and/or convulsions

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:

  • Plain water is most beneficial, but consider other sources of fluids, including soup, juice, fruits, and vegetables. That said, eliminate, sugary and caffeinated beverages. 
  • Place bottled water, or a small pitcher of ice water and a cup, close to the senior to encourage him or her to sip on it during the day.
  • Try assorted temperatures. It may be that a warmed cup of water is more comforting than an icy one. You may want to try heating up juice and various other beverages to figure out if they’re more appealing, or offer popsicles.

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.