Prevent dehydrationUnfortunately, adults aged 65 and older are at high risk for dehydration. There are several reasons for this, including: as we age, our bodies store less water, we feel less thirsty, and we’re more likely to experience illnesses that dehydrate us, such as pneumonia and diabetes.

Now that we’re in the thick of the warm summer weather, making sure you or your loved one stays hydrated is more important than ever. Here are some tips to prevent dehydration:

In case you or your loved one does become dehydrated, it is important to recognize the symptoms: dry mouth, muscle weakness, headaches, dizziness and tiredness. Severe dehydration can lead to heat stress, which may refer to a heat stroke or heat exhaustion. A heat stroke occurs when the body cannot regulate its temperature, which means someone suffering from a heat stroke will have a high temperature, likely upwards of 103 degrees, but will not sweat. Someone suffering from heat exhaustion will sweat heavily and experience dizziness, headaches and nausea.

If you notice signs of dehydration or heat stress, drink water and move to an air conditioned or cool area. If symptoms are severe – and in particular if you suspect heat stroke – seek medical assistance.

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