Why staying hydrated is so important

Published: 07/06/2017

Dehydration can be a serious problem for older people  

While it was great to see the sunshine over the last few days with plenty more forecast dehydration can be an issue for many older people. In warm weather it's really important, especially for older people, to stay hydrated
Dehydration is losing more fluid than you take in
If the average water content in your body is significantly reduced, it will disturb the balance of minerals in the body. This will impact how your body functions in everyday life.
During spell of warm weather we remind our Cares Staff to make sure that our elderly clients are hydrated throughout the day.
Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:
  • feeling thirsty lightheaded
  • a dry mouth
  • tiredness
  • dizziness and concentration problems
  • having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
  • passing urine less often than usual
While all these symptoms can be indicators for many conditions in warm weather dehydration can frequently be the root cause.  
Who are most vulnerable when it comes to dehydration?
Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups like older people particularly at risk.  As they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids
If our clients feel dehydrated, we ask them to drink a lot of fluids, or more specifically, to drink more than they usually do.  We also advise them not to drink hot drinks such as Tea and Coffee, with fizzy drinks not being consumed, too. This is due to the sugar content which can lead to elderly people, and people in general, becoming more dehydrated. This will lead to fatigue.