The importance of hydration in older adults

Hydration is vital to our health and wellbeing especially as we age, continue reading our blog for tips on how to stay hydrated.

The importance of hydration in older adults

Hydration is the process of maintaining a balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. It is essential for many bodily functions, such as regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and oxygen, removing waste products, lubricating joints and organs, and supporting cognitive function.

Older adults are at a higher risk of dehydration than younger people. Some of these factors are reduced thirst sensation, decreased kidney function, medications and medical conditions.

Dehydration can have serious consequences for older adults, such as the increased risk of urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, impaired cognitive function, memory and concentration, reduced blood pressure, heart rate and blood volume and increased risk of falls, fractures and heat stroke.  It can worsen chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure and kidney disease.

Hydration is vital for your health and well-being as you age. Following these simple steps can prevent dehydration and enjoy a better quality of life.

  • Drink water regularly throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day, or more if you are physically active or in a hot environment.
  • Avoid drinks that can dehydrate you, such as alcohol, caffeine, or sugary beverages. These drinks can increase urine output and cause fluid loss.
  • Eat foods that contain water, such as fruits, vegetables, soups, and yoghurt. These foods can help replenish your fluid intake and provide other nutrients and benefits.
  • Monitor your urine colour and volume. Your urine should be pale yellow and plentiful. If your urine is dark yellow or scanty, you may be dehydrated.
  • Check for signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, lips, and skin; headache; fatigue; dizziness; confusion; or muscle cramps. If you experience any of these symptoms, drink water immediately and seek medical attention if needed.

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