Older adults are more prone to dehydration for several reasons.
GridHEALTH.id – As we age, the amount of fluid in our bodies begins to decrease. This means less and less water reserves are available for our bodies to use as we age.
Feeling thirsty is the body’s way of telling us we need water. However, because the thirst response becomes weaker with age, older adults may not know they need to drink.
In old age, kidney function declines. This means more water is lost through urination.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of dehydration include, elderly These include dry mouth, fatigue, sunken eyes, decreased urination, urine that is darker in color than usual, muscle cramps and feeling dizzy.
More serious symptoms of dehydration require immediate medical attention. These symptoms include a fast heartbeat, problems with movement or walking, confusion or disorientation, fainting and diarrhea or vomiting that lasts more than 24 hours.
If dehydration is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, such as urinary and kidney problems, including urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and even kidney failure.