28 signs of dehydration in older people

As the weather gets warmer the risk of dehydration for older people increases. Please do check up on older people you know and keep an eye out for the signs of dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Darker urine – it should be pale straw coloured
  • Pain whilst passing water
  • Smelly urine
  • Reduced frequency of passing water
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Clumsiness
  • Aching joints
  • Falling
  • Skin flushing
  • Shriveled skin
  • Dry skin, mouth or chapped lips
  • Furrowed tongue
  • Dry and/or sunken eyes
  • Constipation
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Rise in pulse
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lack of fluid intake
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Heat intolerance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Absence of sweat
  • Changes in mental status – confused

Please see our series of blogs on caring for older people:

For more advice to help your loved ones stay hydrated please speak to their doctor or care professional.

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