The Importance of Hydration for Seniors


The Importance of Hydration for Seniors

Seniors are at an increasingly higher risk for dehydration than the average person. One in five older people do not drink enough fluids, and as we age, the ability for our bodies to conserve water is reduced. Dehydration occurs as a result of losing more fluids than you are taking in. The symptoms of dehydration are especially dangerous for older individuals and if left uncared for can lead to low blood pressure, lethargy, seizure, shock, or coma.

Read more to see the importance of staying hydrated as a senior: 

Electrolyte Imbalance

One of the most important responsibilities of electrolytes is to regulate heart function. They can either become too high or too low depending on the amount of water in your body. Sodium, calcium, potassium, and phosphate are a few of the important electrolytes that impact blood pressure, are essential to movement of nerve impulses, contribute to bone health, and help cells produce the energy needed for tissue growth and repair. A loss of minerals occurs when you experience an imbalance of electrolytes, and they take on either a positive or negative charge. These charges are vital in keeping your body alive in ways such as the operation of the brain function, nerves system and muscle activity, and the creation of new tissue.

Low Blood Pressure

The risk for low blood pressure generally increases with age. For most, low blood pressure poses no problem; however, abnormally low blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting and can be life-threatening for older individuals. Some of the symptoms of low blood pressure are confusion, clamminess, cold and pale skin, rapid and shallow breathing, and a weak pulse. The amount of body water volume that we have decreases with age, as well as the kidneys’ ability to remove toxins from the blood, so they require more water to do their job. Older individuals lose more water to normal kidney function than younger people. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses of 8-ounce water per day, which some people remember as the 8×8 rule, which equals about 2 liters.

Kidney Function

Your body is made up of 60 to 70 percent water and helps remove waste from your blood in the form of urine. It also helps to keep your blood vessels open so that important nutrients can travel to your kidneys. Severe dehydration can lead to kidney damage, causing a build-up of waste and acids in the body. Kidneys are responsible for making red blood cells, regulating electrolytes, and activating vitamin D. When they aren’t functioning properly, this could result in acute kidney failure.

At CareAgape Senior Homes, we believe in providing continuous, exceptional care and ensuring a loving family home for a resident’s physical, social, and cognitive well-being. This includes plenty of water! For more information, visit our website!