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Dehydration an issue for elderly people, says research

by admin | 5th December 2014

One in five older people living in care homes does not drink enough fluid, research suggests.

Figures presented at a Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) conference showed those with dementia were six times more likely to be dehydrated.

A quarter of those living in their homes without a carer did not get enough to drink.

Ministers said the government was making it easier to prosecute homes that failed to look after residents.

Dr Lee Hooper, from Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA), told the conference that figures collected through her work in 57 care homes and 239 people in the community showed the risk of dehydration was higher in people taking more medications.

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BBC News Health – 3rd December 2014

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