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Senior Moments: The importance of water

By Emma Edwards, Friday, April 13, 2018

Many of my senior friends and acquaintances have begun groaning about fixing meals. Especially if it’s only themselves who need to eat.

As seniors, does it even matter what, when or if we eat regular meals?

Many of us have taken that bumpy, painful ambulance ride to the hospital. I know I’ve had my turn and, sad to tell you, but it seems there are no shock absorbers on that vehicle. Maybe it depends on who is driving.

Anyway, so many times what do we hear when the doctor looks us over? That’s right, dehydration.

Most of us know about NCOA, the National Council on Aging. I checked their website out on this subject. I learned that, as we age, our metabolism slows and we need fewer calories.

But that’s the tricky part. Fewer calories needed but more of certain nutrients. Obviously, choosing foods with the best nutritional value is critical. I also learned from the NCOA that “water is an extra important nutrient because many medications can increase your chances of dehydration.”

So we need to stay hydrated. Interestingly, “one of the key minerals we need, fiber, absorbs water.”

Most of my adult life I knew it was important to drink lots of water. Seems to me that we used to say a minimum of eight glasses (or 64 fluid ounces) a day.

I know that’s debatable, but sounds right to me. I think we (me and you) just need to love ourselves enough to see to it that we get sufficient nutrients and hydration every day. And, as I keep my beautiful violets watered regularly, I need to see to it that I hydrate myself. Then I, too, can bloom where I am planted!

There is one more thing I thought you’d like to hear about as a rainy day project whether you’re 6 years old or 60. It’s a project to make fire starters. This time of the year, campers are already into making campfires.

All we need are cardboard egg cartons, wax crayons and either sawdust or dryer lint. While melting the bits and pieces of wax crayons (or old candle stubs), distribute the sawdust or lint into the egg cartons. Then, when the candles or crayons melt, pour them over the egg cartons and let them set.

Store them as is or, when cool, cut the cartons apart and store in a dry place. One article I researched claims the individual egg carton cube can burn up to ten minutes, gently catching the twigs and logs on fire.

Dale Carnegie once said, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows.”

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