Looking For Signs Of Dehydration In The Elderly

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Updated: 6/29/2012 7:33 am
When the summertime heat is turned up, like it is around the bluegrass this week, some of us are more at risk than others.

Experts say elderly people are more susceptible to dehydrating in hot weather.
 
With normal aging, people have less water in their body and they also don't sweat as much, so they are more likely to develop a high temperature, hypothermia, and heat stroke.

Signs the heat may be getting to an elderly person include dizziness, weakness, and confusion.

Dark yellow urine is also a potential sign of dehydration.

It can sometimes be difficult for an elderly person to recognize dehydration, so make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids to minimize the risk.

"Make sure that you drink at least 6 to 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day on a regular basis or if the temperature is higher or you're spending a lot of time outdoors or if the air conditioner is not on, make sure you're drinking plenty and plenty of fluids," said Dr, Ronan Factora, a geriatrician at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Factora says you can even eat fruits and vegetables to stay hydrated.
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