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7 Tips to help seniors avoid dehydration

7 Tips to help seniors avoid dehydration

IMG_1339Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in.

As we age, we become more susceptible to dehydration for several reasons: Our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced, our thirst sense becomes less acute, and we’re less able to respond to changes in temperature. These problems are compounded by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, dementia, and by the use of certain medications.

Because of the extreme heat and humidity in certain localities and because seniors brains and bodies seem NOT to trigger their thirsty signal very well, we need to remind ourselves again to make certain all the older people we care about are drinking enough. Hot summer days are one thing, but ordinary days are equally important. Our loved ones also need to be educated to drink even when they’re not thirsty. Keeping a water bottle next to the bed or their favorite chair could help, especially if they have mobility issues.

Tips to Help Prevent Dehydration in Elderly Adults

  • 1) Encourage them to drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day, rather than drinking large amounts all at once.
  • 2) Five 8-ounce glasses of water per day is a good amount for loved ones. Although everyone’s needs are different, studies have shown that elderly who drink 5 glasses of water experience lower rates of fatal coronary heart disease.
  • 3) They should avoid coffee, alcohol and high-protein drinks, especially in large quantities, because they have a diuretic effect. This leads to a greater loss of body water, which can cause or exacerbate dehydration.
  • 4) Make it easier for your dear ones to drink more fluids voluntarily. Encourage older adults to drink water, milk or juice with every meal, and keep favorite beverages nearby.
  • 5) Caregivers and older adults should recognize the early warning signs of dehydration. Warning signs include fatigue, dizziness, thirst, dark urine, headaches, dry mouth/nose, dry skin and cramping.
  • 6) Remember that foods high in water, like fresh fruits, vegetables and some dairy products, can help the elderly meet their daily water needs. Encourage elderly to eat foods high in water (Watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit pineapple, cranberries, orange,  cucumber, tomato and cauliflower)
  • 7) Encourage them to drink more during the day and limit drinking before bed. Additionally, drinking small amounts of water throughout the day may help.

“Make water a habit and stay away from dehydration”


About Samvedna Care

We at Samvedna Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation. We also have services for Dementia care.

Our skilled and passionate team of Care Specialists and Activity Centre facilitators, with training in gerontology and clinical psychology, has experience in working with senior citizens from multiple cultures and countries.

Know more here – www.SamvednaCare.com
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