Dehydration can pose risks to everyone regardless of age. But as an elder, the recovery and healing processes take much longer and can be detrimental. A fall due to dizziness from dehydration could cause a fracture that never quite heals.

Water is good. It makes up most of our being. Replenishing our supply is imperative, especially in elders. Dehydration in elders can be more common due to medications, diseases and the inability to respond to feelings of thirst as quickly. As a caregiver, keep these factors in mind.

Common signs of dehydration:

  • Dryness of the mouth
  • infrequent urination
  • Lack of elasticity in the skin
  • Headaches
  • Cramping

Be sure to keep yourself hydrated and those you care for! For more information on health and caring for elders, The Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is WBSM's Local Expert. Click here for information from the expert.