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How Much Water Should Elderly People Drink A Day
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. for instance, if you weigh 140 lbs., simply multiply 140 by .5 to estimate your daily fluid needs in ounces, then divide by 8 to estimate your fluid needs in cups per day, rounding up to the nearest full cup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 body does a great job at keeping salts & minerals in balance by adjusting to amount of water consumed. Therefore, one way is to drink enough to make/keep urine pale. Dehydration is often signaled by deep dark yellow color. Avoid this as best as possibl ...Read more
'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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 drinks, but, actually, as long as you are urinating in adequate amounts, and you feel refreshed and active, you aren't dehydrated. Drink more in the warmer months, of course. If you are thirsty, you are fluid deprived, so drink more water. Good luck. ...Read more
8c of any liquids: The typical recommended amount of fluid to take in daily is around 8 cups. That includes water, milk, juice, other beverages & liquid from foods like fruit. Thirst indicates too little. The ideal varies from day to day depending on heat, activity, etc. However, most women should try to drink a cup at and between each meal/snack and at bedtime to keep the fluid level steady, especially if pregnant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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