Community Blog

Water is Life

By Preston Houser, Community Relations Coordinator

Approximately 60 percent of the adult body is composed or water. Water cleanses the body of waste, regulates body temperature through respiration and perspiration, lubricates joints, transports nutrients through the bloodstream, among others. As you can see, water is life. If our bodies do not have enough fluid to perform its necessary functions, dehydrations occurs. Although anyone can become dehydrated, seniors are particularly more prone to the condition. Here are a few things senior should know about dehydration.

Symptoms. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Mild symptoms can include headaches, chills, dark yellow urine or fatigue. Even a mild case of dehydration can negatively affect your heath, so it is important tat you are drinking enough water. If dehydration goes on long enough, it can cause many heath issues such as kidney disease, circulation issues, high blood pressure, ulcers, and respiratory issues.

Caregivers frequently miss the signs of dehydration in seniors. Dehydrations is frequently missed by caregivers. This is because some of the symptoms such as difficulty walking, fatigue, sunken eyes, and shriveled skin, do not seem unusual for an elderly person. There are studies that indicate 31 percent of residents in long term care facilities suffer from dehydration.

Prevention. While seniors are prone to the condition of dehydration, it is one of the easiest conditions to avoid and reverse. To stay properly hydrated, make sure you drink at least five glasses of water a day, even when you are not thirsty. If you find that getting up to get a glass of water is difficult, it is recommended that you invest in a water bottle to have easy access to you daily dose of water! You can also choose to eat foods that have a high-water content such as fruits and vegetables.