Drinking more may lead to less confusion

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ELDERLY residents are being invited to take part in research which could show not drinking fluids could be the cause of symptoms such as confusion.

The University of East Anglia wants to find 200 people in Norfolk and Suffolk to join its research into the consequences of dehydration among the older generation.

Researchers in its medical school are trying to tackle the very real problem of dehydration and say symptoms such as confusion may simply arise from not drinking enough.

Dehydration is a particularly severe problem for the elderly, increasing confusion and falls and making hospital admission more likely. But it isn’t easy to see when an older person is beginning to become dehydrated. Researchers will work with care homes to identify an easy and non-invasive test.

Care homes, residents and staff should contact Dr Lee Hooper on 07813 917444.