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Warning Signs of Senior Dehydration and Care Tips to Help

Warning Signs of Dehydration and Senior Care Tips to HelpWith 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, providers of in home care in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas at (269) 3733-5444. We provide in-home senior care throughout southwest Michigan, including Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties. For a full list of the communities we serve, please visits our Locations page.

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