PREVENTING DEHYDRATION IN OLDER ADULTS
Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time to remember and honor the brave men and women who have fought valiantly to protect our freedoms. For many around the country, it is also the “unofficial” beginning of summer; a time to get outside with family and friends. While sunshine can bring laughter and fun memories, it can also cause illness and dehydration, especially in our elderly friends and family.
Dehydration is a serious but often over-looked threat to the elderly. In fact, a recent study shows that 48% of older adults admitted into hospitals in emergency rooms showed signs of dehydration. As you care for an older adult, it is especially important to monitor their water intake and prevent them from suffering dehydration.