Dehydration occurs when you lose more water via sweat and urine than you’ve taken in, can be especially dangerous for older adults. A lack of sufficient fluid in the body can temporarily cause confusion  and put you at risk for falls.

Dehydration can be challenging to detect as we age  because classic signs such as dry mouth, thirst, fatigue and skin that doesn’t spring back quickly when pinched can also be caused by other factors.  A 2015 review of research by the independent Cochrane Collaboration found that there was no one reliable test for dehydration.

How much – and what – should you drink?  There is really no rule, that’s appropriate, can vary a great bit from person to person. The heavier, taller, and more active you are  the more fluids you need to take in to cover your losses.

Drink before you feel parched. By the time you feel thirsty, you might be dehydrated.

Sip small amounts throughout the day.  Carrying a water bottle with you can help remind you to drink.

Include other beverages and foods. All beverages(other than alcoholic drinks) will hydrate you, and that includes caffeinated drinks.  Coffee and tea are mild diuretics, they can cause you to urinate more.  But they will add more to your liquid stores than you will lose. Soups, fruits and vegetables are also good sources of liquid.

Take your health into consideration.  Ask your doctor whether medical conditions you have or medications you take affect your hydration needs.

A 2016 study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that obese people were more likely to be inadequately hydrated as well. Having dementia, Parkinson’s disease or a stroke can also increase the chance of dehydration.

Florida with its high temps/humidity increase the risk for all to be dehydrated…Play it safe…stay hydrated.