The Florida humidity is notoriously brutal and uncomfortable. It can be extremely dangerous if you’re not careful as it causes you to sweat and sweat and still you may never be properly cooled. Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to operate regularly. Observing signs of dehydration is important to avoid any problems as we approach the hot summer months in sunny Central Florida.
Signs of Dehydration: Some of these symptoms may be of the result of aging not necessarily the result of dehydration, but please be aware of any changes from your normal state.
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Increase Heart Rate
- Dry nose and mouth
- Dry and/or loose skin
- Weakness and/or tiredness
- Increased confusion
- Decrease appetite
Dehydration in the Elderly
In the heat of the summer everyone is at risk of dehydration, but seniors are at an even greater risk. As we age, the amount of water within the body decreases and kidney function declines. It’s also true that as we get older, our sense of thirst declines, so our bodies aren’t always telling us to replace the water we need.
Water needs are dependent upon various factors including age, health, weather, medications and activity level. It is difficult to determine the exact amount of fluids the body needs to stay hydrated, but the Institute of Medicine advises that a healthy woman consume 11 cups of liquid a day while a healthy male should consume about 15 cups of liquids a day.
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