For so many aging adults, dehydration is a common and debilitating problem. It can even cause your senior to wind up in the hospital. Here’s what you need to know.
Your Aging Adult’s Mobility Can Be an Issue.
If your elderly family member isn’t able to move around as well as she used to, then it’s difficult to both get up to get water and to get to the bathroom as well. Hiring elder care providers to be there with your senior when you can’t be is an excellent way to help her with this issue. When you’re not there to help her, someone else with experience can be.
Your Senior May not Experience Thirst the Same Way.
As people age, they start to experience and interpret thirst differently. Your senior may be slower to recognize the desire for something to drink than she used to be. All of this causes her to approach drinking water and other fluids much differently than she used to.
Incontinence Can Cause Bad Decisions.
If your elderly family member deals with incontinence, then she might start to think that it’s a better idea to avoid drinking too much water. The problem is that this doesn’t solve the incontinence issue and merely creates a new one with dehydration. Work with your elderly family member to figure out how to manage her incontinence in other ways.
Chronic Health Problems Make Dehydration More Likely.
Health issues can affect your senior in more ways than you might ever think possible. For instance, diabetes can contribute to dehydration if your senior isn’t drinking enough fluids. Balancing out the fluid intake with what her body is processing can help to solve that problem.
Confusion or Cognitive Issues Play a Part.
If your senior has cognitive issues or becomes easily confused, then she might not ever think about drinking water at all. Because her brain doesn’t function the same way that it used to, she might not even understand what the thirst urge means when it shows up. You may find that it’s easier to remind your senior to drink periodically throughout the day rather than relying on her to remember on her own.
If your elderly family member isn’t drinking enough fluids, it’s important to try to determine why. Talk with her doctor to make sure that you know what the target is for your senior’s fluid intake each day. This helps you know where you’re aiming.