Drinking Enough Water and Our Seniors!
It is no doubt a blessing to be able to grow older and wiser; however all too often seniors are faced with illnesses that are usually detected, but one so called illness is not really an illness at all, it is almost always neglected but can be easily remedied: Dehydration.
The following is a list of symptoms and precautions to look for in seniors to determine if they may be dehydrated:
- Medication Usage: Let’s face it, when we age, eventually we are going to take a pill of some kind to help alleviate what may be ailing us. These same medications can cause dehydration, or dry mouth. Keep track of your fluid intake and tell your doctor about all the medications that you are taking.
- Headaches: Sometimes having a headache, that is every once in a Blue, is nothing to worry about, but if a senior is having constant headaches it is sometimes a sign of dehydration. We don’t normally think about a headache being a symptom of dehydration but it can be even in younger people.
- No Tears: Yes, this I an odd one, but it makes sense. If you see an older person crying and no tears are present, this is sign of dehydration! There literally isn’t enough water present to shed some tears, not that we ever want to see anyone crying, but still, it is a dehydration symptom!
- Heart Rate and Pulse Check: If a seniors heart rate is higher than normal and their pulse feels faint then they might be at risk for dehydration.
- Constipation: This is something that may happen if one is not drinking enough water in both seniors and younger individuals. Easy fix, drink more water!
- Dark Yellow Urine: Quite normal in the morning when one wakes up, but throughout the rest of the day it should not be that same dark yellow color, if it remains dark yellow it is a sure fire sign of dehydration.
- Loss of Balance: We normally do not associate a loss of balance with dehydration, but it is real. It is called, Termed orthostatic hypotension is when your body loses its ability to remain upright due to a reduced blood pressure. When your body is dehydrated, your blood does not move as smoothly as it should through your vascular system which increases the quick reduction in blood pressure, remedy: Drink cold water slowly.
- Diarrhea: This does not always mean that one is dehydrated; however, if experienced frequently will eventually lead to dehydration so keep drinking!
- Exercising and seniors: While exercising in general is great for just about anyone, seniors are more likely to get dehydrated from excess sweating, and not drinking enough water.
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