One serious issue that people continually fail to recognize is the fact that our elders do not drink nearly enough water. Water is in our chemical makeup and our systems need water in order for us to remain healthy.
The problem comes in for seniors when they begin to have urinary issues. They stop drinking water (and most other fluids) simply because they are afraid of having ‘accidents.’ Who can blame them?
Urinating yourself in public is not a decision one decides on when they wake up in the morning. ‘Hey, today I think I will go out to the mall and pee my pants.’ It is highly embarrassing and an issue they believe that they can avoid simply by avoiding the root of the issue….drinking too much water!
The thing is though that if seniors do not intake enough H2O, they can cause themselves some devastating long-term effects that may or may not be reversible in addition to their dehydration issue. You see, water not only hydrates the body, but without water, the body’s electrolytes go asunder.
Over the next few days, I will be concentrating on the devastation of the sometimes deadly combo of no water and dehydration can do to an individual. The realization will hopefully help other elderly caregivers gain knowledge that will help them show their clients that With Age Comes Respect.