Preventing Dehydration in Seniors

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The summer of 2016 has been brutally hot, especially at The Marshes' Savannah retirement community. But, while it might be uncomfortable outside, this summer is a good one for reminding us about one very important thing that we need to pay attention to all year long, and that's – staying hydrated!

Being properly hydrated is important for everybody, regardless of their age. But, for seniors, preventing dehydration is an absolute must. Why? Because Today's Geriatric Medicine reports that "the total body water content of a 75 to 80-year old individual is less than half that of a younger person."

Tips for Maintaining Proper Hydration

The first sign that you (or your loved one) might be becoming dehydrated is a gradual loss of weight. If a weight loss of two pounds occurs over the course of a single day, then that is sufficient evidence that the body is dehydrated. So, monitoring your weight every day is a preventative tip to use when dehydration risks are a concern.

If you're not the best at remembering to drink the good old 8 glasses of water a day, then try enhancing your diet with water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and lettuce. A dinner consisting of soup and a healthy salad with a side of fruit makes for a meal that's not only delicious, but hydrating as well.

Other tips include:

  • Taking small sips of water all throughout the day if you're averse to drinking full glasses of water
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to take a drink of water
  • Limit your intake of coffee and alcohol as these liquids can have a diuretic effect
  • Always have a water bottle by your side as a reminder to keep drinking

Identifying the Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration can quietly creep in and often, its signs and symptoms are mistaken for other problems. For instance, the two most common signs of dehydration are confusion and weakness, two things that many may think are just normal for a senior to feel. Other signs to watch out for include dark colored urine, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and lack of skin elasticity. If the dehydration isn't remedied quickly, it could even result in blood pressure changes and an increased heart rate.

Visit the Marshes' Savannah Retirement Community This Summer

Few places on earth are as beautiful as the islands off the coast of Savannah in the summertime. And, that's right where the Marshes of Skidaway Island can be found. Our Savannah retirement community offers resort-like living on one of the most visually-stunning islands off the coast of Georgia. If you're thinking about moving to a retirement community or you're looking for a wonderful place for your aging parent to reside, then come visit us this summer.

To schedule a visit to The Marshes of Skidaway Island, just call us at 800-889-6238 today. Come visit our Savannah retirement community, meet with our staff and members, and sample the restaurant-quality meals in our community dining rooms. We know you're going to love it here.