Dehydration in the elderly can be a serious health risk

It becomes increasingly important to maintain proper levels of hydration as we get into older ages. Elderly dehydration can become an emergency situation if it becomes severe enough. For those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, who are normally confused or forgetful, extra diligence in monitoring for dehydration is necessary.

Managing Dehydration in Seniors.

  • Your body contains about 11 gallons of water. Your blood is 85% water; your muscles 80%; your brain 75% and your bones are 25% water – which illustrates the importance water plays in your health
  • When dehydrated, your brain shrinks in volume. This shrinking is what causes a dehydration headache. Even mild or temporary dehydration can alter your brain function and impact your mobility
  • Dehydration can cause sleepiness, fatigue, moodiness, and confusion
  • Being hydrated is also very important for certain medications to work properly
  • Being dehydrated increases the likelihood of urinary tract infection

If you are elderly or help care for someone who is, there are some simple ways to help prevent and manage dehydration. These include:

  • Be aware and monitor for the signs and symptoms of dehydration
  • Consume fluids on a regular basis (every 1.5 hours- during the day)
  • Try to consume “wet foods” such as Jell-O or soup.
  • Many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, have significant water content. Strive to include one or two of these foods at each meal to help increase fluid intake. Some examples include grapefruit, honeydew, strawberries, raw tomatoes, watermelon, raw celery, cooked asparagus, and raw or cooked broccoli.

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