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Given that the human body is 60 percent water, you wouldn’t think proper hydration would be a problem, but it is a major concern in the hot and humid summer months, especially for older adults. As we age, the mechanisms meant to keep us hydrated don’t work as well, and signals that we are thirsty are less pronounced too.
There are other contributing factors for seniors as well, particularly those who are away from the presence of others: mobility problems can prevent them from drinking often enough, incontinence issues can make them reluctant to drink enough, and memory issues can impede remembering to properly hydrate.
But, wait, there’s good news! Awareness is most of the battle, and by following a few simple steps, we can avoid the risk of dehydration.
More good news is that the Village of Schaumburg’s public water supply is one of the highest rated in the country. Over the past 38 years, the city has invested more than $30,000 in water system improvements, including building a pipeline of the water from Chicago and additional reservoirs and pump stations to receive and pump Lake Michigan water.
What may be the best antidote for the risks of dehydration is community and, as the name implies, Friendship Village offers that in abundance. With friendly residents who look after one another to qualified, caring staff who regularly emphasize the importance of proper hydration to overall well-being, healthy living is front and center – this summer and always.