With many older adults reducing their activity level, it may seem counterintuitive to worry about dehydration. But the reality is, as many as 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration, due in part 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.
Help your senior loved ones avoid dehydration by keeping an eye out for these early warning signs:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Reduction in urine output
If not addressed in the early stages, increased dehydration can lead to:
- Confusion and anxiety
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Excessive sleepiness
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
It’s crucial, especially during the warmer summer weather, to ensure your senior loved ones are drinking plenty of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – especially plain water – and contact the physician immediately if dehydration is suspected. If you would like assistance in providing senior care for your loved ones, call North River Home Care today at 781.659.1366.