Adults over 60 are one of the most likely groups to suffer from dehydration. Dehydrated seniors are at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as stroke or impaired cognitive function.
Dehydration is very manageable and adults who know the warning signs and preventative measures are better equipped to stay hydrated. According to Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.org warning signs of mild dehydration include:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness
- Decreased urine output
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
How can older adults prevent dehydration? Proper Hydration starts with drinking enough fluids. This includes: water, juices and other beverages. For seniors, 5 or more 8 ounce glasses of water are recommended each day.
Tips for preventing dehydration (from www.dripdrop.com) include:
- Having water, juice or milk with every meal
- Avoiding coffee or alcohol which speed up dehydration
- Drinking water throughout the day. **Try drinking water throughout the day rather than drinking large amounts all at once
- If you have heart disease such as congestive heart failure or kidney disease, consult your physician on how to stay properly hydrated
By Pamela Reeves, LPN, Care Manager