The senior adult is often faced with health issues and, many times, the health issues are ones which persist and linger, often showing overt signs and symptoms. While many signs of illnesses are easily detected, there are some that prove more difficult. One condition that is difficult to detect in a senior adult is dehydration.
While dehydration can be fixed, reversed, and monitored, there is significant risk among senior adults to be responsible with fluid balance. If you think you are at risk for dehydration or care for a senior adult who is at risk of dehydration, consider the following signs below to help better understand if medical attention is needed. Always consult with a doctor or qualified healthcare professional if you or someone you know is experiencing severe symptoms of dehydration.
1. Medication Use
While it is not a health sign or symptom, it is something to be aware of when dealing with fluid balance. Many medications are responsible for causing dry mouth, watery mouth, or even dehydration in itself, so it is important to track the amount of fluids you take in. Make sure to discuss your entire medication intake with a doctor or pharmacist to see if any of the medications you are on could place you at risk for dehydration. If any of them are, consider discussing some fluid replacement options with your doctor to see if water alone is good enough for you.