As I stipulated in yesterday’s post, many aging adults find water to be the ‘root of all evil’ due to urinary issues, thus they stay away from water, not always realizing that they are causing themselves even greater health issues.
According to todaysgeriatricmedicine.com, ‘Dehydration in the older adult population can occur for numerous reasons.’ One that I did not already point out, since I am not a doctor but an elderly caregiver, is that the water content of our bodies decreases as we age. According to the post online, a 75 to 80-year-old’s water content is nearly 50% less than someone much younger. Kelly O’Connor, RD, LDN, CDE, of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore further stipulated that it is not quite understood why but the water decline in elderly women is even greater than it is for men of the same age.
Part of the issue with aging individuals is that they still believe that they need to drink only when they are thirsty. Unfortunately this is not always a positive indicator of what the body needs fluid-wise. O’Connor stated that, “Many older adults deliberately restrict their fluid or beverage intake if they are suffering from incontinence or are embarrassed about having to use the restroom many times a day (just as I pointed out in yesterday’s post). They also may be confused and/or suffer from Dementia and not be able to remember if they’ve consumed any beverages in a given day.”
These are just some of the reasons and I will continue to go over others, but wanting to let you know that if you know these facts, you can show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.