Dehydration during the hot summer months is a risk for any age, but it’s important to realize just how serious this health condition can be for the elderly.
Senior dehydration is a very common health issue that can lead to bigger adverse health effects such as low blood pressure or urinary tract infections. The elderly are extremely prone to dehydration because as the body ages, it becomes less able to notice temperature changes, overall water content decreases, the ability to retain water becomes reduced, and diminished thirst is often experienced- not to mention many are on medications which can act as a diuretic or promote sweating.
Fortunately, there are some easy steps that can be taken to ensure that senior patients or residents are getting the hydration they need. These include:
With the summer months coming up, now is the time to make sure that elderly patients are educated on proper hydration techniques and behavior. Just because they are not thirty, does not mean they are not dehydrated. Follow these simple steps to ensure your facility, caregivers and patients are equipped to promote senior hydration.