Aging and risks for dehydration.

  title={Aging and risks for dehydration.},
  author={Andrew Jay Silver},
  journal={Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine},
  volume={57 4},
  • A. Silver
  • Published 1990
  • Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine
The elderly are at increased risk for dehydration and associated fluid and electrolyte imbalances. Changes in functional and mental status, medication effects, and changes in the aging renal system all may be factors. Furthermore, hypodipsia, or insensibility to thirst, may be a physiologic process of aging. These and other risk factors are presented, along with a guide to the management of dehydration in the elderly. 

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