A senior couple staying hydrated in the summer, with their water bottles in-hand. Senior hydration is important to keep in mind during the summer months.

The Importance of Senior Hydration

Bethesda Health | June 26, 2017

Now that summer has officially arrived, caregivers can try to keep their senior loved ones healthy and happy by making sure they are properly hydrated.

“It’s important that older Americans get enough water because they typically have less body mass than younger people,” says Latiece Washington, Nurse Manager at Bethesda Hawthorne Place, an Assisted Living and Memory Support Community in the Kirkwood and Webster Groves area. “They have a smaller reserve of fluids, and therefore dehydration can sneak up on them quickly, especially in the warmer months of the year.”

Potential Consequences of Dehydration for Seniors

Not drinking enough water can be the catalyst for several life-threatening health issues, which makes senior hydration even more important. Here are a few of the most dangerous effects of dehydration for older adults.

How Much Water Should a Senior Consume?

Seniors should drink eight or more eight-ounce glasses of water a day, following the standard suggestions for water intake. Here are a few helpful tips about how to make sure the loved one you care for is getting enough fluids and to help inspire them to stay hydrated:

Warning Signs Seniors Aren’t Drinking Enough Water

Dehydration often gives early warning signs before it causes permanent damage. But caregivers have to be alert for the symptoms and be prepared to act quickly if they start to appear.

Watch for the warning signs of dehydration and follow these senior hydration tips and guidelines to make sure your loved one is properly hydrated for the summer months.

For more senior health tips from Bethesda, check out our Senior Health and Wellness articles.

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