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Elder Care Professionals Talk About Dehydration & Risk Reduction In Seniors

May 9, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan

Many people do not know that seniors have an increased risk of dehydration and this is for several reasons. Dehydration can occur when a senior is taking medications that inhibit their thirst sensation. In addition, the senior may have an electrolyte imbalance which stops them from being able to stay fully hydrated at times. Elder care professionals recommend that you keep an eye on your loved one at all times to ensure that they remain hydrated. The summer months are especially difficult for seniors because it is easier for them to become dehydrated and experienced heat exhaustion.

Elder care teams warn that there are symptoms of dehydration that will manifest themselves before your loved one becomes too dehydrated. Should you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek out medical assistance for your loved one.

Some of the symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sleepiness
  • Dark-colored urine

There are ways that you can keep your loved one hydrated and the most common way is through water. Elder care experts say that often times, seniors may not like water due to it lacking flavor, but they do sell water enhancement products that will make the water taste good. In addition, coconut water is an option and it is quite hydrating for most people.

If your loved one does not want to consume lots of water, they should eat foods that are hydrating, such as:

  • Watermelons
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

If you have concerns about your loved one’s health or their risk of dehydration, now is the time to speak with their care team. Comfort Keepers elder care providers are prepared and ready to help your loved one stay hydrated throughout the day. 

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