Hydration for Older Adults


Posted by Kia Crawford on April 2nd, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

Hydration is key to sustain healthy balance in the body. After all, water makes up roughly 90%  of our total body weight. The recommend dose of hydration is around 2 liters per day. However, we lose water every day through excretion of sweat, breathing and expelling waste. So, in order to get the recommended dosage we must take in beverage through the foods we eat such as fruits and vegetables and the other fluids we ingest such as tea, fruit juice, and coffee. However, the best way to replenish your body and reward it for working hard for you is ensuring you get plenty of water. Yes, old faithful H2O will seriously help your body be the best it can be.

Importance of Water to the Human Body

Water is the most nutrient of any substance found in the human body. It is a major component of every cell in the body. Water is essential for hydrolysis which is used to separate phosphate group from ATP and GTP for energy. All energy from food must go through this process in order to feed the body energy. Water is absolutely crucial in the process.  Ions needed to transfer electrical currents to the nervous system are also found in water. Water is also key in removing toxins from the body through the bowels, urine, sweat and liver processes. Essentially, if a person deprived of water, the deprivation could be fatal.  If viewed from a spiritual statement, humans were created from dirt or soil. Soil needs water or it will dry up. The same rules apply to the human body.

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Dehydration in Senior Adults

Seniors are the most vulnerable to dehydration. This is why at Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing <strong>Assisted Living  in Stockbridge, Ga. we pay special attention to the hydration of our residents. We keep hydration systems around our communities along with program for hydration. Many senior adults simply do not get enough H2O and their bodies need it most. The elderly are more prone to dehydration because of loss of muscle mass, water mass, and total body mass.  As we age we also lose some of the sensation of thirst further exacerbating  the issue. Dehydration in senior adults can often go undiagnosed and result in an increase of illness and hospitalizations. For seniors, dehydration can be fatal especially if they are already sick.

Symptoms of Dehydration Seniors

Considering older adults are more prone to dehydration, it is important that you know the symptoms. Prompt treatment is in these cases are imperative as this could be a life threatening condition:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Chapped lips or the sensation of being parched
  • Cracking skin
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability

Fortunately, there are now flavor additives on the market that will help your water taste better if  you do not care for the taste.  They are great to spice up your intake. Remember Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Stockbridge, Ga. is a educational resource, so let us  know if you have any additional questions on this topic.

So, go and grab a glass of healthful H2O!