Hydration in your loved ones is important. Dehydration happens when you lose or use more fluid than consumed, resulting in a lack of water in your body to perform its regular functions. Because of changes in our bodies and the way our kidneys work, we get dehydrated more quickly as we age. Dehydration symptoms in older adults might be difficult to detect. As older people do not feel thirsty as rapidly as younger people, identifying the indications might be difficult. Continue reading to learn about the warning signals to look for and some easy methods to help the older persons in your life keep hydrated.
Look for the following indications if you are caring for an elderly person, especially during the summer months. Each of the following can occur early in the dehydration process:
- Parched skin
- Insufficient urine production
- Weakness of the body
- Crying without tears
- Cramps in arms and legs
- Dry mouth with thick saliva
Lifting the skin on the back of your loved one’s hand is one of the easiest methods to see whether they are dehydrated. Pinch a portion of skin off the back of their hand with your pointer and thumb, lift, and let go. They are not dehydrated if their skin rapidly falls back onto the top of their hand.
Ways to Keep Your Loved Ones Hydrated
Hydration can be readily maintained by following these basic guidelines:
- Consume Nutritious Foods
Many fruits and vegetables are high in water content, which aids in hydration. Watermelon, peaches, grapefruit, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers are a few examples.
- Take Regular Breaks
Make sure to take rest breaks if you’re performing things outside in the heat, or even if you’re doing them indoors. The heat may swiftly deplete the energy levels of the elderly.
- Wear Breathable Clothing
Cotton and linen, for example, allow the body to sweat and breathe properly. Avoid polyester-based clothing, rayon, and jeans.
- Avoid Coffee, Sugary Drinks, and Alcohol
Excessive use of coffee, juice, soda, wine, and other caffeinated beverages can hasten the dehydration process.
- Understand Their Medicines
Some medicines, such as diuretics, might cause an older person to become dehydrated more quickly than usual. Keep track of the drugs they’re taking so you can adjust their fluid intake if required.
- Act As Soon As You See Indications of Dehydration
If the person you’re caring for is dehydrated, offer them a bottle of water, Gatorade, Powerade, or coconut water to immediately restore their electrolytes.
At Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City, we strive to maximize the quality of life for our residents. We have dedicated staff onsite 24/7 to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones. Contact us or schedule a tour of our senior living community to learn more!