Staying hydrated is important for maintaining health and keeping critical bodily functions working properly. This can be a challenge for some seniors because of changes that happen with age. Seniors may have a diminished ability to sense thirst, notice changes in body temperature and may be taking medications that have a dehydrating effect.
Being dehydrated can cause confusion, headaches, elevated heart rate, muscle weakness and fatigue. Because the effects of dehydration are so great, seniors need to be especially vigilant about getting enough water through the day. Seniors that think they may be dehydrated should discuss their symptoms with their doctor before making any changes to their fluid intake.
Older adults looking for ways to stay hydrated through the day should try these six tips to get started:
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
Comfort Keepers can provide support for seniors that are concerned about the issue of hydration. Our caregivers can provide transportation to healthcare appointments, assist with meal preparation and planning, and provide support for physician-prescribed hydration regimens. Our goal is to support physical and emotional care goals, and to elevate the spirits of our clients and their families every day. A
To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your local Comfort Keepers location today.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Get the Facts: Drinking Water and Intake.” Web. 2016.
FamilyDoctor.org. “Hydration: Why It’s So Important.” Web. 2017.
Mayo Clinic. “Dehydration.” Web. 2018.
WebMD. “What is Dehydration? What Causes It?” Web. 2019
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