Seniors are especially prone to dehydration
On any given day due to many factors. And now, with temperatures this summer at an all time high, the risk is even greater. Things that contribute to dehydration in our aging population are:
- the bodies’ ability to conserve water is reduced
- thirst mechanism is decreased
- responses to changes in temperature are reduced
- chronic illness and side effects of certain medications, requiring extra fluid intake
The elderly also tend to tend to eat less than younger people do and sometimes may forget to eat or drink altogether.
Unresolved, this can create extensive health issues, as well as, unexpected visits to the emergency department.
We found a great article on how to prevent dehydration as well as some suggestions for some great recipes. So drink up!