With many seniors reducing their exercise levels, they may feel they do not have to be concerned about dehydration. But in truth, up to 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration, due in part to the body’s normal aging. And there are incredible benefits when seniors are able to stay hydrated: less tumbles, a reduced risk of bladder cancer and they can even achieve better orthopedic rehabilitation.
Help senior loved ones avoid dehydration by noticing these early warning signs:
- Feeling thirsty
- Reduction in urine output
- Dry, sticky mouth
Helping a senior to become hydrated once warning signs of dehydration have been spotted is important because increased dehydration can lead to:
- Anxiety or confusion
- Excessive sleepiness
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
It’s very important during the warmer southwest Michigan summer weather to make sure seniors are drinking a good amount of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – with plain water being the most important – and contact the physician immediately if dehydration is suspected.
For more senior care tips, contact Home Sweet Home In-Home Care at (269) 849-9252. We provide in-home senior care throughout southwest Michigan, including Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties.