Dehydration and Aging

Vicky Waller Surash, MS, MS, ACC, DCS

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“Elderly dehydration is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization among people over 65. In fact about one half of those hospitalized for dehydration die within one year.” ~ Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

A 10% loss in body fluids can lead to confusion…but a 20% loss can lead to death. Why are we surrounded by water and yet dying of thirst? We’ll discuss water’s function in the body, define dehydration, look at symptoms and causes of dehydration and discover sources, beyond drinking water, for hydration. If you are not drinking half of your body weight in water daily, you’ll want to add these foods to your diet.

If you are a caregiver for someone who doesn’t want to drink water, you’ll also be interested. We know we should drink more water; we just don’t do a good enough job of it.
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