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How much water should dad drink?

He has Parkinson's which makes it difficult for him to walk and he doesn't want to drink a lot because then he has to get up to use the bathroom more often. He is a very proud man and would never use a portable urinal or depends type underwear.
Status: Open    Dec 08, 2015 - 02:21 PM

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Dec 23, 2015 - 01:44 PM

Men struggle with this issue a lot, your dad is not alone. But staying hydrated is important. Dehydration leads quickly to things like falls and confusion. But there is no need for your dad to overhydrate. Recent studies have found that the often-repeated recommendation of “eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day” may actually be too much. Somewhere between 4 and 8 is probably the right amount, but don’t substitute with beverages that can actually cause dehydration, such as coffee (caffeine makes you urinate more). Urine color is one of the best indicators of hydration – it should be a light-colored yellow. Also, remember that the sensation of thirst can be affected by age and by neurological diseases like Parkinson’s. So thirst is not necessarily great signal to rely on. By the time he feels thirsty he may already be a bit dehydrated. And always be on the lookout for signs of dehydration. Signs of dehydration include:

•Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles

•Infrequent urination; dark urine

•Constipation

•Fatigue


Hope that helps. And have this conversation with his doctor also, because s/he will have knowledge of any medications that could affect urination or thirst as well.

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