Arizona Summers and the Truth About Senior Dehydration
Seniors in Arizona typically reduce the intensity level of their exercise as they age, and they may feel they do not have to be concerned about dehydration. However, as many as 31% of older adults are diagnosed with dehydration, partly due simply to the normal aging process. And there are incredible benefits when seniors are able to stay hydrated: less tumbles, a reduced risk of bladder cancer and they can even achieve better orthopedic rehabilitation.
Protect your Arizona senior loved ones from dehydration by paying attention to these early warning signs:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Feeling thirsty
- Reduced urine output
It is important to take care of the issue as soon as you can because increased dehydration can lead to:
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- Excessive sleepiness
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Confusion and anxiety
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
Especially during the warmer summer weather in Arizona, it is important to ensure senior loved ones are drinking a lot of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – in particular, plain water – and contact the doctor right away if dehydration is suspected. Looking for someone to assist your senior loved ones in Arizona with staying properly hydrated and with healthy meals? Contact Endeavor Home Care. We welcome the opportunity to get to know you and your loved one’s care needs.