Keeping hydrated is important at any age. Everyone should drink 64 ounces (8 eight ounce glasses) of water daily, regardless of age.  Additional water should be consumed if one exercises or is otherwise active, or if the weather is particularly hot.

For seniors, there is an increased risk of dehydration due to the side effects of medications and the effects of other medical issues which can cause an increase in fluid loss through vomiting, diarrhea and sweating.  Some symptoms of dehydration can be similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s, which can cause undo alarm or confusion.

Signs of dehydration can be mild and vague in many cases.  They include but are not limited to: mental confusion, dizziness, irritability, disorientation, constipation, weight loss, fever, sunken eyes, muscle weakness, tachycardia (heart palpitations), pneumonia, urinary tract infection, dry skin, low blood pressure, decreased urine output, and increased rate of infections.

If any symptoms of dehydration occur in the elderly, a doctor or other senior care provider should be consulted immediately. Seniors under home care or nursing home care may have their weight monitored to check for significant weight loss due to dehydration.

Dehydration is preventable. By drinking plenty of non-caffeinated fluids most people will be able to avoid dehydration.  For those who are suffering fluid loss due to illness or as a complication to medication, medical intervention by a trained senior care professional may be necessary.

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