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How to detect when elderly people are dehydrated when high heat during summer ?

Dehydration is a lack, a deficit of water in the body. It can lead, in particular, to serious health problems. 

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How to detect when elderly people are dehydrated when high heat during summer ?

Dehydration is a lack, a deficit of water in the body. It can lead, in particular, to serious health problems. 

In order to prevent dehydration, it is necessary to be able to detect the signs of dehydration.

In this video, we describe the signs that help identify dehydration, especially in the elderly.

Why pay attention to the hydration of the elderly? 

Elderly people are particularly sensitive to dehydration because their bodies no longer experience sensations such as thirst, heat, cold, etc. properly.

Elderly people are less adapted to very high temperatures due to :

  • poor perception of heat, 
  • less efficient perspiration,
  • reduced sensation of thirst, 
  • kidney problems,

What are the signs to watch out for? 

The signs of dehydration are various. Monitoring the weight of the elderly is very important. Rapid weight loss can indicate dehydration. Also, cramps, lack of urine for 5 hours can alert the person and those around him or her to the need to stay hydrated. As soon as you wake up, if you feel uncomfortable or dizzy, think about hydrating yourself because these sensations can also indicate a lack of water in the body. 

Are there things that increase the risk of dehydration?

There are several risk factors such as : 

  • Memory problems, 
  • alcohol,
  • the habitat that conserves heat, 

Vomiting, diarrhea, taking medication are major factors that increase urine excretion, sweating (for example, during heat waves, especially during prolonged exertion) and decreased water intake can be responsible for dehydration.

To treat mild dehydration, drinking large amounts of water may be sufficient. For moderate to severe dehydration, drinkable rehydrating solutions available without a prescription should be taken. But for more severe dehydration, intravenous solutions are required by doctors.

Elderly people should drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water per day even if they do not feel thirsty. 

Want to recognize the signs of dehydration in the elderly? No problem, this video is available on BornSafety.com.