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Why drinking water is even more important as we get older

Dehydration during the warmer months is one of the key issues highlighted in the Improve your Health campaign from WA’s leading falls prevention program, Stay On Your Feet® to address.

It can be a very real and significant problem among older adults leading to falls and falls related injuries according to Curtin University Accredited Practicing Dietician, Doctor Christina Pollard.

Part of the Stay On Your Feet® program is designed to give older adults in the community basic information and guidelines around what a healthy diet looks like as we age as well as safe alcohol and water consumption levels that are safe, easy to follow and cost effective.

Older adults are also more susceptible to dehydration with the body’s ability to store water decreasing with age.

Dr Pollard said that older adults could experience dehydration due to an inadequate intake of fluids as well as other factors related to the ageing process.

“This may be due to changes in their body composition, decreased metabolic capacity, other disease conditions and medication that they may use to manage them,” she said.

“These may be normal adaptations of the ageing process but the outcomes of dehydration in older people can be serious therefore particular care must be taken to ensure adequate water intake in this
age group.”

Dr Pollard said that a healthy diet was one of the keys to living and ageing well. “Older adults should eat nutritious foods and keep physically active to help maintain muscle strength and a healthy weight,” she said.

“About 80% of older age health problems could be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes in the 55-65 year old age group.”

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