Dehydration is a problem for anyone, but for seniors it can be especially dangerous. Chronic dehydration can lead to issues such as joint pain, back pain, and fainting spells. While some signs of dehydration, such as dizziness and dark urine, are well known, there are signs that occur more in older adults. We will outline some of them below.
Some of these signs are:
- Fever with no obvious cause
- Dryness of the tongue and mucous membranes
- Low blood pressure
- Sunken eyes
- Rapid heart rate
- Inability to sweat or produce tears
Dehydration should be taken seriously. One way to get in adequate water is to gradually sip on water throughout the day. Drinking large quantities at once can be counterproductive. This is because large volumes of water expand the stomach and can lead to people drinking less of it. If you, or someone you know, is having some of these issues, see if dehydration is the cause.