As we age, our senses become less sharp. One in particular, our sense of thirst, can become significantly compromised. Many older adults frequently experience dehydration. Sufficient body fluids are necessary to regulate our body temperature through sweating, to maintain blood pressure and to eliminate bodily waste. While many physicians encourage their patients to drink many do not. Frequent responses include “I’m not thirsty” or “If I drink I’ll be in the bathroom all the time.” Being dehydrated comes with its own set of complications which include mental confusion and falling. It is a common reason for hospital admission especially of older adults who have experienced a recent fall. Whether or not you feel thirsty – drink!

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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