As we age, thirst indicators within our body change and we may not always notice that we are drinking less throughout the day. Some medications that we may be taking may increase our sweat levels, causing us to loose precious hydration. Many people don't realize when they need to drink more, so here are some of the common signs of clinical dehydration:
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Muscle Weakness or Cramps
- Darker Urine
- Persistent Fatigue
- Change in Consciousness
Drinking 5 glasses of water a day makes you 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer and decreases the risk of breast cancer by 79%.
Here's a helpful tip. Use a drinking bottle. Fill it with water. Mark on the side each hour (e.g. 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and so on). It's an easy reminder to make sure you are re-hydrating regularly!
Ask a senior loved one if they have had a drink lately. They may not notice how much time passes between drinks.