Jul 6, 2016 by Luke Ries
We all know that hydration is essential to supporting an active, healthy, lifestyle, but with summer now in full swing, its importance can’t be overstated. It has been reported that a majority of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
For many, this is due primarily to normal or recommended water intake being counteracted by consumption of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages and increased sodium intake. What isn’t commonly known is that the results of dehydration can be devastating, and can include:
Changes in diet and lifestyle can help prevent dehydration for many – but for older adults, things are a little bit trickier.
First and foremost, as we get older, the amount of water in our bodies naturally decreases (approximately 12% for men, and 6% for women), and consequently there is less water to lose. Seniors who take diuretic medications, have limited mobility, or are faced with chronic conditions – such as diabetes – are also at greater risk for dehydration, as well. Needless to say, there are several other factors that come into play once we age that make monitoring dehydration more difficult.
While seniors don’t always show obvious signs of dehydration – such as increased thirst, constipation, and fatigue – it can be difficult to know whether or not their water intake is what it should be. Follow the tips below to proactively ensure that your loved ones are getting the water they need.
With these tips in mind, you can help reduce the risk of dehydration for your senior loved ones. That being said, we understand that you can’t always be around to put these recommendations into practice or see that they’re making choices conducive to healthy living.
Comfort Keepers® of Sheboygan and Fond du Lac can help. Our compassionate, professional in home caregivers can provide everything from light housekeeping to mobility assistance – in addition to monitoring the nourishment and hydration of your loved ones.