Resolve to Drink More Water!

Water is vital for the whole body and is essential for health, helping digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste. With age, the percentage of water in the body decreases. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.

Seniors may be at a higher risk of dehydration due to decreased sense of thirst, fear of being incontinent, swallowing difficulties and gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, an increased risk of infections, pressure sores, falls, and broken bones can be attributed to lack of proper hydration.

Healthy living and providing your body with adequate water each day can actually slow down premature aging and prevent many seniors from ending up in the hospital due to dehydration.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • Loss of skin elasticity (skin tenting)

  • Concentrated urine

  • Dizziness

  • Increased heart rate

  • Dryness in the nose and mouth

  • Constipation or decreased bowel movements

  • Bowel discomfort

  • Acute confusion

Water hydrates every cell and every organ in the body, including the brain. More than 2/3 of the brain is made up of water. Age can affect the body’s physical and cognitive functions. Water won’t solve this problem but it is necessary for seniors in their daily lives.

During the winter months in Texas, when the temperatures are pleasant, people tend to be more active, but because it’s not hot outside, we don’t think about drinking enough water. It is important to make sure you and your loved one is drinking enough water and getting the exercise and activity needed for health and overall wellbeing. Resolve to make water consumption an important part of your daily routine.

Lake Travis Independent Living is slated to open its doors to seniors in Lakeway early 2017 and will offer the perfect lakeside lifestyle. For more information on Lake Travis Independent Living or to schedule a tour, please visit LakeTravisIndependentLiving.com or call 512-521-3762.