Next to oxygen, water is the most important building block for sustainable life makes up most of our bodies. Our blood is comprised mostly of water and our brain and muscles are made up of a high concentration of it as well. When we get older, however, we lose much of our water weight and are much more prone to dehydration. It is for this reason that those who care for our loved ones pay close attention to the signs of dehydration and to make proper provisions to keep them hydrated.
The Natural Risk of Dehydration in the Elderly
The average elderly person’s body may contain up to seven liters less water than a younger person. Because of this stark difference, the elderly are at an automatic risk of being dehydrated and to exacerbate the situation is the fact that many older people may not even feel the symptoms of dehydration until it becomes a severe problem. Some elderly patients may even refuse to drink more fluids out of the false fear that it will require them to make more trips to the restroom if they drink too much. The result is a series of sudden and swift symptoms that can be life threatening.