It’s a well known fact that the elderly population has an increased risk of facing health issues such as chronic pain, side effects from medications, heart disease, and dementia. However, there is a hidden risk among the elderly population that can severely hurt their health. Dehydration.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of hospitalization of older adults and it has been reported as one of the ten most frequent diagnoses responsible for hospitalization in the US.
So why aren’t they drinking as much? As we age, we don’t feel thirsty like we use to and although we may not feel thirsty, it’s critical to our health that we stay hydrated. Also, as we get older, we should be drinking more water. Our bodies do not retain water like they did when we were younger. We have less body fluids and lower kidney function.
Dehydration is serious to your health at any age. For an older individual who is dehydrated, they can have an increased risk of falling, a weaker and rapid pulse, and lowered blood pressure, according to Parenting Giving.
If not treated, chronic dehydration can even be life threatening.
What signs do you need to be aware? It’s important to understand the symptoms and watch out for loved ones. Education is one of the most important ways to help our community prevent diseases and illnesses. It’s reported that even in nursing homes and other care facilities; the elderly population is still facing a high dehydration rate. It’s much easier to treat dehydration with minor symptoms than facing the chronic impacts later.
Symptoms of dehydration can vary but may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low urine output
- Rapid heart rate
- Sunken eyes
- Headaches and migraines
Remember to stay hydrated with your Glasstic water bottle. Drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day and even if you don’t feel thirsty, continue to drink water. If you’re having a hard time remembering to drink, create a schedule. Drink in the morning to wake up and help activate your internal organs, drink a glass before a meal to help with digestion, drink a glass before showering to lower blood pressure, and one before bed to help prevent muscle cramps, according to Senior List.
Try keeping your Glasstic bottle near you at all times to help motivate you to drink more so you can live a longer, happier and healthier life.