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Dehydration Effectively Diagnosed Among Assisted Living Facilities

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of hospitalization for people over the age of 65. Dehydration is a condition that is often overlooked and misdiagnosed amongst senior patients. Misdiagnosis can take place due to dehydration having symptoms that mimic those of dementia. In the absence of disease, confusion and disorientation are not normal conditions at any age. These symptoms could be the first clues of dehydration. Dehydration is a common problem being 1 of the top 10 most common reasons for Medicare hospitalizations. Certain medications such as diuretics and laxatives can make dehydration worse amongst seniors. Most of us rely on the feeling of thirst that signals to our body that we need to be hydrated.

Seniors however, can’t depend entirely on the usual signals because they have a reduced sense of thirst as they get older. Elderly people have less water content in their bodies than younger people. As they lose muscle mass, water levels decrease in their bodies. Senior males between the ages of 75 to 80 years experience their total body water content declining to about 50 percent, with an even higher decline in women. Because dehydration is easily confused with other conditions and can cause hospitalization, seniors should consider residing in an assisted living facility. Assisted Living Communities offer seniors specialized daily care to monitor and make sure they are healthy and normal. Any problems and conditions seniors suffer from are carefully treated by some of the best physicians in the country.

Signs And Symptoms Of Dehydration
Dry Mouth
Little Or No Urination
Muscle Weakness
Light Headedness
Confusion And Forgetfulness
Deep Rapid Breathing
Increased Heart Rate

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Many elderly people deliberately reduce their fluid intake to decrease or eliminate embarrassing accidents due to loss of bladder control. Women are more likely to avoid fluids then men. Inadequate fluid intake, which often results in dehydration, makes senior and elderly citizens more susceptible to urinary tract infections, pneumonia, pressure ulcers, hypotension, confusion and disorientation. What seniors eat also provides a significant portion of their fluid requirements. On average food provides about 20 percent of total water intake, while the remaining 80 percent comes from water and other beverages. For example, many fruits and vegetables such as watermelon and cucumber are nearly 100 percent water. Beverages such as juice are composed mostly of water.

How Much Water Is Enough?

If you have an elderly relative hospitalized, in a nursing home or one who is dependent on others for the majority of their care, special attention should be given to prevent dehydration. Health care experts are no longer recommending 8 glasses a day for all ages. People with heart conditions, high blood pressure, conditional swelling of the lower legs need to avoid excess water intake. But this does not mean intake of water should be completely stopped. Senior assisted living facilities are trained to know what the intake of water should be according to the conditions of the senior patient. There is a rare chance of misdiagnosis occurring in an Assisted Living Facility as many factors such as age, weight, and overall health are considered. All these factors affect the amount of water or other liquids a senior person needs. It would be wise to discuss with a doctor what the ideal intake should be. With the assistance and medical care that assisted living communities offer, seniors no longer have to worry about passing out from dehydration. Assisted living medical professionals check on all of their residents to make sure they are healthy and taken care of.
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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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