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It is possible to defend against memory loss in an elderly loved one with proper hydration. Proper hydration is crucial to a quality aging process. Make water consumption a regularly daily routine. Hydration enables the digestion process and promotes a healthy immune system. Properly hydrated, human bodies are capable of effectively using nutrients. Especially during these hot summer months, it is essential that a family member or other caregiver pay attention to warning signs and continually encourages hydration. If you and your family find it difficult to tend to an elderly loved one's needs due to your own daily responsibilities or long distance, you can rely on the compassionate and reliable services of Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, 408-294-4411.
It is not uncommon for the signs of dehydration in an elderly loved one to be confused with the natural aging process. Not only do the elderly not have as much of an urge to quench their thirst, they also have to deal with the uneasiness of actually using the restroom if they do drink plenty of fluids. With the help of the experienced and highly trained care of Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, your loved one can receive the in home senior care they need to remain independent and live with dignity to live in their home and beloved community. Having an outside caregiver to assist your loved one in their home can be very helpful to you and your family. It may be difficult to differentiate between the signs of aging and dehydration in your elderly loved one. The experienced caregivers from Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, 408-294-4411, can help to remind your loved one to drink the necessary fluids and to help them when they do need to use the restroom. In home senior care is proudly offered to all areas of San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Cupertino, California.
Many do not realize that if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Studies have shown that seventy five percent of the population is dehydrated all the time without even being aware. Just a mild dehydration can cause the metabolism to slow by three percent. The number one reason for daytime fatigue is dehydration. Just a two percent loss of body water can cause trouble focusing, fuzziness, and short term memory loss. This memory loss can be especially difficult to handle in an elderly loved one. This is why it is important to remind them to constantly have a drink of water nearby.
Dehydration comes in many phases. The first phase of dehydration is considered relatively mild. You will notice trouble with concentrating, fatigue, constipation, depression, aggravation, and being thirsty. The signs of moderate dehydration include headache, flushed skin, fatigue, being dizzy, nausea, feeling weak, tingling in limbs, and rapid breathing. The most dangerous level is that of severe dehydration. The severe signs include difficulty moving, swollen tongue, not being able to swallow, a feeling of numbness, sight problems, being generally incapacitated, confusion, cramps, and failing kidney function that could lead to death. An easy way to look for signs of dehydration is in the color of urine. If the urine is relatively dark, it's a very good sign that your loved one is dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to death. The combination of heat, high humidity, and not drinking enough water in the hot summer months can lead to many problems. The elderly can easily succumb to the heat and dehydration quickly. This is why it is so important for a caregiver to keep a close watch on their water intake.
In the summertime your elderly loved one may need to drink more than the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration can lead to heat strokes since there isn't enough water in the body to properly cool it down. If your elderly loved one lives in a climate where the humidity is relatively high, the humidity will reduce their body's ability to sweat. Sweating is how the body tries to cool down and in very humid climates; the sweat isn't able to evaporate. In the heat, memory issues can be exacerbated significantly and can even be a warning sign that your senior loved one is becoming dehydrated. If your loved one forgets to stay hydrated due to memory issues, they will become more dehydrated and struggle with even more severe memory loss. You can trust that the compassionate and dependable care from Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, 408-294-4411, will keep your loved one as safe as possible in their home. Call 408-294-4411 to speak to an in home senior care specialist who will work with you and your family to create a personalized care plan for your elderly loved one. Services are available for a few hours to twenty four hours a day, on a flexible, long or short term basis. There are no penalties for changes in schedule so your family can rest assured that if care is only needed during the hot summer months, it will be provided on a non contractual basis. Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, 408-294-4411, proudly offers in home senior care services to all areas of San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Cupertino, California.
***This article is courtesy of Senior Helpers of San Jose, California, proudly serving all areas of San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Cupertino, California. Call 408-294-4411 today!