Older adults are at risk for many maladies, including dehydration. Anyone can become dehydrated, but the effects can be particularly damaging to the elderly.

Severe dehydration can lead to many serious conditions, including:

In this article, we’ll address the root causes of dehydration in seniors, but let’s first look at the symptoms so you can get your loved one help if needed.

The Symptoms of Dehydration

Some common signs and symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Sunken eyes
  • Less frequent urination
  • Urine that is darker in color than normal
  • Muscle cramping
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy

There are more severe symptoms of dehydration that require immediate medical attention when spotted. They include:

  • A rapid heartbeat
  • The trouble with walking or movement
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer t