Maintaining proper hydration can be a challenge for older adults. As we age, our body’s water volume decreases, and we are prone to become dehydrated more quickly. Plus, seniors are more likely to be prescribed dehydrating medicine, suffer from chronic disease and experience physiological changes – all of which contribute to a greater risk for becoming dehydrated. Dehydration is caused when the body loses fluids and electrolytes faster than they can be replaced. Several common conditions speed up this loss among seniors:
- Many Prescription Medications have a diuretic effect
- Chronic Diseases
- Swallowing Disorders make seniors reluctant to drink enough water voluntarily
- Diarrhea and Vomiting
- Environmental Stress: With age, the body cannot manage heat as efficiently and face a heightened risk of developing dehydration in a heat wave.