Dehydration is a condition where more fluids are leaving the body than entering the body. If you are a caregiver, it is important to really watch for signs of dehydration. When you are older, the difference between hunger and thirst is hard to differentiate so it is important to always maintain your hydration. The less a person drinks water, the less thirsty they become over time. Most senior citizens are consistently dehydrated and require about two and a half quarts of pure water each day.
There are many symptoms of dehydration, these include:
- Unable to Urinate
- Muscle Weakness
- Chronic fatigue and lethargy
- Sunken Eyeballs
- Dry Mouth
Some of these symptoms may be hard to notice if someone you are caring for has dementia. If they do have dementia, make sure you keep an extra eye on their daily consumption of water. The risk for dehydration is increased for those with Alzheimer's. They will forget to drink, or will not be able to communicate that they are thirsty, or will have difficulty swallowing. If there is a lack of water, then it is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue in seniors.
Water plays a vital role in our bodies, especially seniors. Over time, lack of water may cause loss of muscle tone, slow metabolism, weight-gain, increased toxicity, or organ failure. It may also play a part in negative effects such as, dry skin, arthritis, hypertension, migraines and problems with their digestive system. If there is no water in the body, then the kidney will not be able to excrete its required minimum ten ounces of waste per day. This will eventually cause build-up within the body causing kidney stones.
Essentially, nothing can take place in the body without water being present. It helps regulate body temperature, carry nutrients, removes waste and keeps you hydrated. There are so many benefits with drinking water that no matter what age you are at you should make it a priority. It will also increase your mood, boost your energy and overall help you life a healthy lifestyle.