Seniors at Greater Risk of Dehydration
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of hospitalization among seniors. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that five to six times as many patients age 65 and over are admitted for the condition as those in the 45-64 age group. Dehydration tends to set in quickly and catch older Americans off guard, because as we age our sense of thirst dulls and the water content of our bodies decreases.
Take dehydration seriously; it can be life-threatening. Warning signs vary but may include:
• Lack of energy
• Headache, nausea, and/or dizziness
• Darkening or decrease in urine
To prevent dehydration:
Set up a drinking schedule and follow it. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day
• Provide fluid from a variety of sources, such as fruits and vegetables, milk, broth, popsicles etc.
• Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks; they increase water loss
• Increase fluids on hot days. And be aware that dehydration can be a threat to seniors in cold, dry winter months, too, when one is less likely to feel the need to quench thirst.
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