With many older adults reducing their activity level, it may seem counterintuitive to worry about dehydration. However, as many as 31% of older adults are diagnosed with dehydration, partly due simply to the normal aging process. And the benefits of helping seniors stay hydrated are monumental: less falls, better orthopedic rehabilitation, even a reduced risk of bladder cancer.
- Reduction in urine output
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Feeling thirsty
If not dealt with promptly, increased dehydration can lead to:
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- Confusion and anxiety
- Excessive sleepiness
- Rapid, weak pulse
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
During hot weather, it’s crucial to ensure your older loved ones get a fair amount of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – especially plain water – and call the physician immediately if you think your loved one might be suffering from dehydration. Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA can also help with in-home senior care services to help ensure seniors stay hydrated, healthy and well. Contact us to learn more.