Common Symptoms of Dehydration in the Elderly
Whether it’s signs of dehydration in kids, young adults, or older folks – symptoms of dehydration in the elderly aren’t that different from symptoms at any age.
The four most common symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and low urine output. Since fatigue and dizziness can have multiple causes (such as allergies or flu) these two symptoms should be considered carefully, but resting and consuming some water (preferably with Liquid I.V. mixed in) are always good first steps if you’re unsure about seeking medical treatment.
Beyond the usual, look for: dry mouth, sunken eyes, inability to produce tears, difficulty walking, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure and constipation. If any of these more severe symptoms manifest, it’s worth considering medical treatment.
Symptoms of dehydration in the elderly should be given extra attention when they accompany a request for water or food. Always apply common sense when evaluating anyone an elderly person who complains of feeling overheated, tired, hungry or thirsty.
Severe dehydration can result in a stiff neck, but even at this stage drinking a half gallon or more of fluid mixed with an electrolyte powder like Liquid I.V. (that includes both electrolytes and glucose) can help with dehydration.