Hydration is essential to healthly senior living

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By Ren Marie Carter, Marketing Director of Cedar Creek Senior Living

“Mom, did you drink enough water today?”
“Yes.”
“Really, are you sure?”
“Well, I don’t want to be a bother and have to stop while we are out driving.”
“Dad, did you drink enough water with your medication today?”
“Yes. I had a cup of coffee.”

Sound familiar?

Staying hydrated is important for all ages but crucial for seniors. Water may not be the fountain of youth but it can be the fountain of wellbeing, especially during this hot month.

Summer weather signals the importance of staying hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses — especially for senior citizens. Clinical dehydration is one of the most common causes of hospitalization among persons over the age of 65.

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in the body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues...

 

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