During these hot days of summer, even very healthy people risk dehydration. The main thing to remember is that people shouldn’t wait until they feel thirsty to drink when spending time in the heat. Of course, dehydration is an even more serious risk for many people who are vulnerable because they are very young, suffer from an acute or chronic illness, or because they are elderly. .This means that senior citizens and caretakers may need to take care to prevent dehydration in the elderly.

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Why is Dehydration a Senior Citizen’s Issue?

 

There are several reasons that elderly people belong with groups of people who suffer from a greater risk of getting dehydrated:

 

  • The body’s ability to conserve water declines with age
  • The sense of thirst weakens somewhat.
  • Bodies become less able to cope with temperature changes.
  • People may feel the urge to eat and drink less as they age.
  • All of these problems can be magnified by illnesses and some medications.

 

The point is that thirst may be a good guide for healthier people, but it might not be enough for people in vulnerable populations. The best prevention is plenty of water and other non dehydrating drinks. Also fruits and vegetables that are high in water content are also helpful snacks and at mealtimes. Certain drinks, like alcohol coffee, and tea may actually promote dehydration, so it’s a good idea to include plain water, fruit juice, and other hydrating drinks too.

 

Preventing Dehydration in Senior Citizens

 

It’s much better to prevent dehydration in the first place. Special care may be needed when elderly people are ill or taking certain medications, but changes in the sense of thirst and ability to conserve water mean that seniors and caretakers need to constantly stay aware of this problem.  The only real cure is replacing lost fluids and electrolytes. Seniors who may suffer from severe dehydration should seek medical treatment immediately.

 

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