Did you know certain medications, like those given for Parkinson’s, can raise dehydration risk, leading to confusion, weakness, balance problems, respiratory failure, kidney problems, and death? Make it your goal to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid daily to stay hydrated. Dehydration can also lead to low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension. *Parkinson.org*
Older adults are more prone to becoming dehydrated for several reasons:
– Appetite and thirst tend to diminish with age, meaning that even when your body is craving fluids, you might not be aware of it, and you may drink less than you need to stay healthy.
– Older adults experience body composition changes over time, leaving less water in their bodies to start with.
– Seniors are more likely to take medications that increase dehydration risk.