Dehydration can cause health problems at any age. However, seniors are more likely to have issues with dehydration than most age groups. Why is that? Let us discuss.
- Decreased kidney function: Our kidneys become less able to conserve fluid as we get older. This usually starts to become an issue around age 50 but is more noticeable after age 70.
- Medications: Certain medications have dehydrating side effects such as increased urination or sweating.
- Sense of thirst lessens: Our sense of thirst becomes less acute as we age.
- Illness: Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration quicker in seniors.
Symptoms of dehydration include confusion, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, low urine output, and constipation. If dehydration is an issue, please consult with a doctor about ways to combat it.