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Oral Hydration in Older Adults: Greater awareness is needed in preventing, recognizing, and treating dehydration.

Mentes, Janet PhD, APRN, BC

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Abstract

OVERVIEW: Maintaining adequate fluid balance is an essential component of health at every stage of life. Age-related changes make older adults more vulnerable to shifts in water balance that can result in overhydration or, more frequently, dehydration. This article reviews age-related changes, risk factors, assessment measures, and nursing interventions for dehydration.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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