My elderly mother seems to rarely consume water or liquids. She keeps her home at what I consider a very warm temperature. She constantly awakes in the morning with her bed clothing soaked in perspiration.

Doesn’t this sound like a candidate for dehydration?

Below are some summarized facts and staggering statistics on the issue of dehydration in seniors:

— Dehydration has been associated with increased mortality rates among older adults
— Dehydration can accelerate or bring about emergency hospitalization and/or increase the risk of hospital stays
— Dehydration is a frequent cause of hospitalization of older adults and one of the ten most frequent diagnoses responsible for hospitalization in the U.S.
— Dehydration has been associated with many elderly health issues, including elderly confusion, impaired cognition, falling and constipation
— It is estimated that avoidable costs of hospitalizations resulting from dehydration is $1.14 billion, annually.

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: ; or online at: