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  • Are You Staying Adequately Hydrated?

    Dehydration is a form of malnutrition that can be over looked.  Many older adults do not meet their daily fluid requirements.  There are many physiologic changes related to aging that increase your risk of dehydration.  These include dysphagia, decreased kidney function, decreased thirst sensation, changes in mental status, and decreased mobility.  Some older adults also fear incontinence or desire to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom due to pain. Medications can also contribute to dehydration.  Most common are those used to treat hypertension, as they often work as a diuretic causing increased fluid loss.  Dehydration can lead to constipation, electrolyte imbalances, kidney damage, and in some cases even death. Continue reading

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