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Dehydration in Seniors: Symptoms and Treatments

Dehydration and the Elderly

For seniors, dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte problem that can lead to hospitalization. As people age, they become more susceptible to dehydration as a result of medications, a decreased thirst perception, decreased kidney function, or illnesses.

One of the most important things to know when it comes to dehydration is that early detection is key. By monitoring one's overall body weight, it’s easier to notice weight loss due to dehydration. If there is a discrepancy on the scale, note any other symptoms and increase the intake of fluids immediately.

Dehydration Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with senior dehydration include:

If any of these symptoms start to develop, it’s important to talk to a primary care doctor to see if further treatment is needed. As mentioned above, by catching the signs and symptoms of dehydration early, it is much easier to prevent major issues and get back on track.

Dehydration Treatment

The way dehydration is treated in seniors depends on whether it is mild, moderate, or severe.

Preventing dehydration is simple enough. Simply consuming enough fluids and electrolytes throughout the day, as well as eating foods high in water-content, can help. Try to keep a bottle of water within reach at all times to encourage constant hydration.

Finding Help at McGregor PACE

McGregor PACE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Under the PACE program, we provide services that address the medical, rehabilitative, social, and personal care needs of older adults.

If you or a loved one needs help preventing or treating symptoms of dehydration, contact us today or call 216.791.3580 to learn more about our offerings for seniors, 55 years of age and older.