Did you know that seniors are among the most at risk when it comes to dehydration? Medications, decreased thirst, reduced kidney function, and chronic illness are all typical reasons why the elderly can become dehydrated quickly. Due to this fact, it’s important to watch for the tell-tale signs that can point out the issue early and help avoid problems like infections, pneumonia, and even death in extreme cases. Here are some of the more common dehydration symptoms you should always look out for. Absent Urine If your loved one has complained about having low urine output or difficulty passing urine,…> Read More
Dehydration is a very common cause of hospitalization in older adults. Although it is always important to stay hydrated, it is particularly important to make it a priority as we age because older people are especially prone to suffering from the serious effects of dehydration. This is due to several factors, including a decrease in body water content and as the result of medications. Dehydration can lead to a myriad of health conditions, including constipation, low blood pressure, urinary tract infections, confusion and even worse. Dehydration is especially problematic during the summer months because warmer temperatures increase the risk that the elderly will suffer from heat stroke. Here are some tips to stay hydrated as you age. Keep water bottles (or a water cooler) easily accessible. For example, if you tend to spend a lot of time in your living room, have water bottles within reach. Consider putting your daily…> Read More
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