Dehydration can lead to problems for people at any age, but for older adults the risks are even greater and the contributing factors are more complex. Sylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, explains why dehydration is such a serious issue for the elderly.
One cause of dehydration is physical changes in the body. As we age, our bodies lose water content – young adults may have at least six liters more water in their bodies than someone in their 70s or 80s. Older adults also experience a decreased sense of thirst. Even when their bodies need water, they may not feel thirsty. Kidney function declines, as well, which lessens the body's ability to retain water. Read Full Post