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Dehydration danger for older adults

Dehydration (thirst) can be life threatening. Make sure older adults have enough good drinking water and that they drink it. Older adults can be at risk for dehydration because of

Also, exposure to microorganisms in unsafe water can make people sick, and may cause diarrhea which increases the risk of dehydration.

Signs of dehydration:

When you are concerned or unsure about the quality of your water, you must treat it or find an alternative source of water until the problem is fixed. More about treating drinking water.

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