Wednesday Workshop – What Seniors Need to Know About Hydration
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. When speaking about older adults, there are a couple reason why they are more susceptible to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. As we age, our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced. This can make it a lot more difficult to adapt to things like fluctuating temperatures. Additionally, the sense of thirst begins to diminish with age. So, by the time a senior loved one actually notices that they’re thirst, essential fluids may already be extremely low.
Another factor in dehydration is medication. Some medications cause frequent urination that deplete the body’s water supply and electrolytes.
Here are the signs of dehydration:
- Little or no urination
- Dark or amber-colored urine
- Dry skin that stays folded when pinched
- Irritability, dizziness, or confusion
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid breathing and heartbeat
- Weak pulse
To prevent dehydration, a good rule of thumb is to try balancing fluid intake with output. If your loved one is urinating frequently or sweating, then remember to offer them a glass of water. If your loved one refuses to drink, then consider offering them raw fruits or vegetables which pack a big punch in hydrating!
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