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How much water should elderly people drink a day

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
More than they do.: Ideal fluid intake will depend on what disease states are present, what medications they are on, are there reasons to restrict fluid (such as hyponatr... Read More
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
If not sick...: A simple equation to help adults figure their fluid needs is that for every pound of body weight, you need about half an ounce of fluid intake per day... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Same as middle-age: Enough to make/keep urine clear. We used to tell everyone to drink 8 eight ounce glasses a day but there's really no evidence to support that. Your bo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Hard to give easy #: Older people can more readily get dehydrated so this is a good question however they can also easily overdo it depending on body fat levels, medical p... Read More
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
'Til urine clear.: We all need to drink enough water so that our urine is nearly clear. In the elderly, because the connective tissue underneath their skin breaks down ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Water at meal time: Your answer could be answered best by the manager of the facility you are asking about. Perhaps the residents requested sweet drinks rather than water... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Hydration: A good easy rule is enough so that the urine is pale yellow rather than dark. Hydration in athletes is made more complicated by techniques to "make w... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Varies: It's hard to put an absolute amount of water necessary. You may hear 6-8 glasses of water a day. I'd prefer water over large volumes of tea or soft dr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Water: I believe on a usual day we need 1 liter of water per day and on very very hot days we need 2 to3 liters per day, drinking too much water can lead to ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Water: Hydration is very important and poorly done by teenagers! :) in the old days - we would say drink 6-10 8oz glasses of water a day, but everyone's body... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Perril
Pediatrics 9 years experience
Plain Water: Usually at 6 months of age, we start to introduce the sippy cup. We usually suggest introducing the sippy cup with the use of water. Children at thi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
2.5 Litres: Maintenance fluid requirement of our body= urine losses plus insensible water losses ( in the form of sweat etc). This comes out to be 2.5 litres in t... Read More

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