DEHYDRATION

DEHYDRATION DANGERS FOR SENIORS
Dehydration can cause major health problems in seniors - conditions such as:
  • Kidney stones
  • Blood clot complications
  • Passing out
  • Rapid but weak pulse
  • Lowered blood pressure
SENIOR DEHYDRATION DATA
  • Dehydration is a common and very serious condition in older adults- it can even result in death.
  • In one study, 31% of residents in a long-term care facility were tested and found to be dehydrated.
  • In another study, 48% of older adults admitted to the hospital had signs of dehydration in their lab tests.
 
SENIOR DEHYDRATION REASONS
  • Being less sensitive to the feeling of being thirsty
  • Decreased ability to keep fluid levels in balance
  • Less efficient kidneys, which causes urine to contain more water
  • Common medications (like those for edema) flushing water from the body
  • Medications causing side effects like diarrhea or excessive sweating
WATER NEEDS AS A GENERAL RULE
Take one third of a person's body weight in pounds and drink that number of ounces of water.  As an example: A 150 pound person would need 50 ounces of water daily (about six 8 ounce glasses of water).  If the weather is very hot, compensate by drinking more water.  Medications can impact water needs, so it is best to discuss water needs with your doctor.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
  • Less constipation/less need for laxatives
  • Fewer falls
  • Reduced risk of urinary tract infection
  • Men may have reduced risk of bladder cancer
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer
HELPFUL HINTS FOR STAYING HYDRATED
Make water your main therapy!  Eat water rich foods such as watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, spinach, cucumber, radish, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, eggplant, yogurt, garlic, salads, broth-based soups or oatmeal.  Best drinks that can be effective at countering dehydration in addition to water include milk (skim or whole), electrolyte replacement drinks (Pedialyte for adults or Gatorade), or fruit and vegetable juice.
To drink more water without the downside of excess calories and sugars, learn to make infused water with fruits, herbs and botanicals.  Download our PDF guide - Infused Water Recipes.

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