Rehabilitation programs can be extremely beneficial to improve mobility, balance, and strength after any type of illness or injury. For older adults who experience chronic pain and that have complex medical conditions, rehabilitation can impact how well they can get around. Rehabilitation can also include both occupational therapy and speech therapy. Occupational therapy helps make activities of daily living easier, while speech therapy helps older adults learn to communicate effectively. Proper rehabilitation and routine follow-up can help older adults regain or maintain their independence.
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Older adults are more vulnerable to dehydration than younger people. Dehydration occurs when the body does not have enough water to keep up with the amount used in the body. Water helps carry nutrients to cells, eliminates bodily waste, regulates temperature through sweating, and lubricates and cushions joints. Dehydration can range from mild (e.g. constant thirst) to extreme (e.g. dry mouth, organ shut down, or fainting). Aging, in general, reduces the sense of thirst or natural thirst response, making it less likely to recognize the need to drink and hydrate. Incontinence, frequent urination and mobility concerns about using the restroom also can affect how older adults feel about drinking water of fears of drinking too much. Dehydration can also be caused by illnesses that induce vomiting or diarrhea, and medications such as diuretics which may cause frequent sweating, urination, and bodily water loss.