Because seniors are typically engaged in fewer strenuous activities than when they were younger, it may seem counterintuitive to worry about dehydration. But in actuality, due in part to the normal aging process, as many as 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration—especially when living in warm places like Orange County. Also, the advantages to seniors staying hydrated are numerous: a reduced risk of bladder cancer, fewer falls, and better orthopedic rehabilitation.
Help your senior loved ones avoid dehydration by keeping an eye out for these early warning signs:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Reduction in urine output
If not addressed in the early stages, increased dehydration can lead to:
- Confusion and anxiety
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Excessive sleepiness
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
It’s crucial, especially during Orange County’s warmer summer weather, to ensure your senior loved ones are drinking plenty of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – especially plain water – and contact the physician immediately if dehydration is suspected.
Hydration is just one of many aspects involved in providing the best possible care for your senior loved ones. For more information on this topic or the senior home care services that we provide to take care of your family members, contact us at CareWorks Health Services. We are here to help!