Our natural sense of thirst diminishes with age. Some drugs also dry out the body. It is important to drink water by the clock, not unlike you would schedule crucial medications. This allows better absorption of nutrients from foods as well as medications, and reduces the risk of dehydration. Some facts about family caregivers: * Caregivers supply nearly 257 billion dollars a year in services for their loved ones, such as transportation, supervision, financial management, feeding, bathing, lifting, and toileting. * Caregivers juggle many roles. Besides assisting a loved one, most are married or living with a partner, have a paid job, an care for a child or another elder. Dont forget to care for yourself. Here are a few tips: When it comes to their health, caregivers are less likely than their peers to take steps to prevent or control chronic disease. Taking care of your own health will help you to better care for your loved one longer. * Be wise - immunize. * Influenza (flu) vaccine: The CDC recommends that caregivers of the elderly get one each year.