Friday, January 9, 2009

Dehydration and dementia

Alzheimer's and Dementia Weekly
Problem: My dad has not been drinking on his own . He used to stop by the sink and get a drink in the kitchen many times a day. Now I can not get him to take any water or Juice during the day .I have offered a wide variety of Gatorade, juice, or hot cocoa . He does drink a small glass of OJ and cup of coffee for breakfast . Then milk for lunch and dinner . That is it He says he is not thirsty and does not want the drink . How harmful is this ? Dad has demensia . He has been slowly progressing downward and not fully aware of what is going on around him. Does he not realize he is thirsty or does and forgets ? He is eating really well but losing the weight
Possible Solution offered by Nurse Dina: Here are some things you might try to increase your dad's fluid intake: First, if possible, avoid caffeinated beverages as they tend to have diuretic properties. Try serving foods that have a high water content such as yogurt, jello, nutritious soups, fruit shakes and the like. Speak with your doctor and see if he recommends nutritional supplements like Ensure.

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1 comment:

Krista said...

This is interesting. My dad has Alzheimer's. Thanks.

Krista

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