Study finds a lack of adequate hydration among the elderly

05 March 2019 – Newsroom

The elderly are particularly prone to underhydration and dehydration, and so a new UCLA School of Nursing study shows that these conditions are likely to be under-recognized, bringing on health problems ranging from urinary tract infections to frequent falls.

It is estimated that up to 40% elderly people in the community may be chronically underhydrated, which can lead to severe dehydration and ultimately life-threatening infections and other health problems. Currently, dehydration accounts for a 5% increase in preventable emergency room visits between 2008 and 2012, and adults older than 65 have the highest hospital admission rates for dehydration, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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