Drinking enough water daily is important for everyone, but more importantly for seniors. Dehydration can easily cause a variety of serious health problems including a urinary tract infection (UTI), falls, kidney stones, and more.
Unfortunately, dehydration is common with seniors due to the fact that they naturally have less water in their bodies. They also may have health conditions or take medications that increase their risk of dehydration.
Some of the health risks of dehydration for seniors are:
- Heat Stroke
- Fainting or passing out
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Kidney stones and kidney failure
- Blood clot complications
- Hypovolemic shock
As a rule of thumb, each person should drink one-third of their body weight in ounces. However, due to the fact that most seniors take different kinds of medications, that number may need to be more. It is best to talk with your physician about how much water intake you should have.
Information from DailyCaring.com