A 33-year-old member asked:
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how much water must elderly people drink daily?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
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 problems and medications.Sometimes we say "8-10 glasses a day" but that is too vague. Usually it is good to urinate fairly clear urine late in the day as a marker of good hydration.Best to get individual answer for you!
Answered on Mar 9, 2020
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
'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 so much, their insensate losses of water are greater so they may require regular water intake, as long as any present medical conditions don't prohibit liberal intake of water.
Answered on Mar 9, 2020

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