What are the risks of dehydration in the elderly?
The risk of dehydration is greatest during the summer months when the weather is very hot. Diabetes and diuretic treatments (e.g. for high blood pressure) also increase the risk of dehydration.
Symptoms of dehydration in the elderly include decreased mental clarity, headaches, tiredness, dry mouth, etc.
How to prevent the risk of dehydration?
- Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink.
- Always have a glass of water with you at mealtimes, while watching TV or before going to sleep.
- Consume soups or broths with meals.
- Drink plenty of fluids after a walk.
- Drink plenty of fluids in case of fever or diarrhoea.
Tip: Drinking without being thirsty is a very good way to avoid dehydration.
Tap water: consume with confidence
In Wallonia, tap water is constantly monitored. It is safe to drink, with no health risks.
Health benefits of water
Water is the main component of the human body and plays an essential role in its proper functioning. Find out about its role, its benefits and sensible everyday habits.