Elderly reminded to stay hydrated in summer

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THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 urged the public, especially the elderly, to stay hydrated during summer to avoid becoming “clinically dehydrated.”

Dr. Parolita Mission, the regional nutrition program coordinator of NNC 7, said that older people are likely to get dehydrated because of their decreased ability to feel thirsty.

“Loss of water results in loss of electrolytes. This affects the balance and concentration of potassium needed for body processes. As a result, dehydrated individuals experience tiredness, abrupt mental conditions, heart palpitations, and chest pains. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to coma and death,” said Mission during a live stream event of NNC 7 dubbed “Letters for Doc Letlet” on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

People above 60 years old easily get dehydrated because the water reserves in their bodies decreased to 50 to 55 percent from 60 percent when they were young adults. The decrease slows down their metabolism and hampers their response to thirst, she said.

She also said that people taking care of the elderly at home should be alert for any signs of dehydration, including tiredness, confusion, low blood pressure, dizziness, constipation, dry mouth and skin, and darker urine.

She said family members should assist in keeping their elderly regularly hydrated. (NRC)


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