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Posted: 6/25/2019 3:47 PM by
With Summer Upon us, this is the Perfect time to talk about Dehydration. Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration, and Tips to Help Older Adults stay Hydrated.
Factors that put older adults at risk include:
Chronic problems with urinary continence, which make older adults reluctant to drink a lot of fluids
Memory problems, which can cause older adults to forget to drink often, or forget to ask others for something to drink
Mobility problems, which can make it harder for older adults to get something to drink
The most common signs and symptoms of dehydration in an elderly include:
Muscle weakness or cramps
Headaches, dizziness, nausea
Less common signs:
Excessive loss of fluids
Poor intake of fluids
Sunken eyes, skin that lacks its normal elasticity
Tips to help Older Adults Stay Hydrated for Caregivers:
Offer fluids throughout the day, consider tracking intake in a journal, set up a schedule for fluid intake
Offer smaller quantities of fluid more often, older adults may be reluctant to drink larger quantities less often
Be sure to provide a beverage that is appealing to the older person
See if the older person seems to prefer drinking through a straw
Identify any continence concerns that may be making the older person reluctant to drink. Keeping a log of urination and incontinence episodes can help
Consider a timed toileting approach, which means helping the older person get to a bathroom on a regular schedule. This can be very helpful for people with memory problems or mobility problems
Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!
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