Dehydration in older adults

Tips for staying hydrated

Dehydration is a big problem for older adults. Here are some tips to increase their fluid intake:

  • Frequently offer the older person a drink, preferably on a schedule.
  • Offer beverages the person seems to prefer.
  • Don’t expect older adults to drink a large quantity at a single sitting.
  • Make sure water is fresh and looks palatable — perhaps by adding a few slices of lemon or orange or ice cubes.
  • Address any continence issues that might be making the person reluctant to drink often.

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