Negative Effects of Dehydration in Older adults.
Dehydration in older adults occurs when the body begins to lose or use more fluids than it gets.
Humans are approximately 75% water by mass as infants and 50% to 60% water by mass as adults. However, Dehydration occurs due to the inability of an individual to meet up to the body’s requirements of water or fluid intake.
- Older adults, children, people with chronic illnesses and people who exercise outside are prone to suffer from dehydration.
- Less severe dehydration can be treated by replacing lost fluids and lost electrolytes.
- The risk of dehydration increases in older-adults above 65 years of age.