Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007



Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Dehydration can result in confusion. List three or more strategies that can help to restore hydration and provide nutrients an older adult might be missing.

Summary Introduction

To list: Three or more strategies that could help to restore hydration and provide nutrients in older adults, knowing that dehydration condition might lead to confusion.

Introduction: Dehydration is a physiological state where cell fluid loss hinders metabolic processes and that happens because due to disruption of the adequate supply of water to cells, several organs, organ systems, and even the whole body. In older adults, the ability to conserve water reduces manifold due to the decrease in efficiency of the various organs, especially muscles and kidneys. Thus, the concerned people feel less thirsty, which in turn, automatically decreases the water quantity in the body for a certain time. Occasional malfunction of organs may lead to the falling in quality of conscious awareness, thereby leading to confusion. Dehydration is treatable and most known techniques include increasing fluid intake in the diet.


The reasons for dehydration in older adults is dependant on a wide spectrum of symptoms including illness, swallowing problem, depression, and dementia. These persons are less sensitive to detecting thirst as compared to young adults and the behavioral manifestation corresponds to confusion. The strategies that can help to restore hydration and provide required nutrients are mentioned below:

  • It is important for older adults to maintain a dietary plan discipline. The frequency of fluids should be higher and memory cues must be placed in the dietary plan in order to regain the hydration. Water, milk, beverages, and juices are some examples.
  • Nutritious beverages serve as a dual purpose because they contribute nutrients as well as fluid...

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