If you’ve read articles related to health, diet, and nutrition, you’ve probably seen advice given that you should drink 64 ounces of water every day for optimal health. It was widely accepted for years but has come under increased scrutiny lately.

It’s come into question that someone who weighs 300 pounds and someone weighing 100 pounds should require the same amount of water every day, or that someone who vigorously exercises 45 minutes per day and someone who is a couch potato both need 64 ounces of water daily.

And, let’s not forget climate. Does a senior living in a hot, dry desert region like Arizona or New Mexico need to drink more water than someone living up high in a mountainous region like the Rockies or Adirondacks?

Opinions and theories on how much water is the right amount for seniors vary, but it’s unanimous that dehydration is a serious health risk as we get older.

Signs a Senior May be Dehydrated

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several signs to detect dehydration in older adults:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Confusion
  • Dark Colored Urine
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Less Frequent Urination
  • Constipation (proper colon function and gut motility require water)

If these sound like common occurrences for either you or a loved one, you might want to look into increasing your water intake But, check with your doctor first, as drinking too much water can also be a problem.

One of the most significant risks of dehydration among seniors is that many of the symptoms go unnoticed. This is either because they are hard to recognize or because patients with dementia can have difficulty communicating what they’re experiencing with their bodies.

How to Prevent Dehydration

Fortunately, preventing dehydration isn’t difficult to do. Here are some things you  or your s