Across the nation, temperatures are reaching an all-time high and overheating and dehydration amongst senior citizens has increased significantly.
In a study published in US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, researchers recruited 200 participants aged 65 and older who were admitted to the hospital. 37% of participants were dehydrated, and of those 62% were still dehydrated after 48 hours of being admitted. 7% of those participants died in the hospital due to dehydration.
Owner of Right at Home, Barry Maring, sat down with WDAY News to share some tips to avoid these situations so that the elderly can live healthy lifestyles.
“Anytime you have an elderly parent or grandparent or whatever, you have to assume they’re dehydrated,” said Maring to WDAY News. “So you’ll have to continually remind them to drink water. As you age, you actually feel less thirst, so you don't even realize you're thirsty most of the time, and you actually have much less muscle mass, so you actually retain less water."
Signs to look for in elderly are:
• Perspiring heavily
• Acting sluggish
• Dry Mouth
• Dry Skin
If you see an elderly person with any of these symptoms, move them to an air-conditioned room as soon as possible and be sure to give them some water. Make sure they are also not exercising in high temperatures.
Authors of the NLM and NIH article state, “Hydration is common in hospitalized older adults, which is why it is important to develop comprehensive hydration assessment tools to implement and monitor a real change in culture and attitude towards hydration.”
We can Help! Our local advisors can help your family make a confident decision about senior living.