Elderly people in East Sussex told to drink more water

ELDERLY people in East Sussex have been encouraged to drink more water for the benefit of their health.

Southern Water and South East Water have joined forces as part of Dehydration in Older People Awareness Week from June 6 to 12.

Pensioners who receive a hot meal delivery service from East Sussex County Council will be challenged to take part in a quiz, designed to boost their knowledge about the benefits of drinking more water. As an added incentive there will be prizes for the best scores.

The week long scheme will help around 600 pensioners who live at home and many others who attend lunch clubs across East Sussex.

Jane Gould, South East Water’s head of communication, said: “Water is vital to health but frequently gets overlooked as an essential nutrient, particularly among older people. We’re delighted to support this healthy and fun initiative to promote the benefits of good hydration.”

The event is being promoted by the National Association of Care Catering to draw attention to the advantages of good hydration which include boosting energy levels and preventing many illnesses.

Beverley Thompson, Southern Water’s senior public relations manager, said: “We all know it’s important to drink sufficient water, but sometimes we all need a little incentive to keep us on the right track. The water quiz will be fun and informative. We wish all the participants the best of luck.”

It is hoped the week long event will become an annual feature. East Sussex County Council already supplies its clients with water bottles which are topped up every time a meal is delivered.

John Figgins from East Sussex County Council said: “We are delighted that South East Water and Southern Water are backing the quiz. Their contribution means that we can help our clients to stay healthy.”