Why Is Staying Hydrated So Difficult For Seniors?

Hot summer days are a good time for everyone to be thinking about staying hydrated.   For older adults the topic of hydration is a year-round topic that never goes away. It’s a serious issue for most seniors but one that doesn’t get resolved, perhaps because it needs to be addressed every day and can’t get solved with a pill.

Seniors are among the most at-risk groups for dehydration, which is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after the age 65. Seniors have a greater risk of dehydration for many reasons, including the facts that as we age, our kidneys become less efficient at conserving fluids, our sense of thirst weakens and we are less able to adjust to changes in temperature. Some medications like diuretics, sedatives and laxatives can cause increased fluid loss. Continue reading