How often should an 81 yr old with dementia urinate?

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Depends how much beer he has had. Beer is a wonderful diuretic, go to any NFL game and the restrooms are SRO at halftime.
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It varies with amount of fluids you take in and often, medications (diuretics and
other factors) how active you are, etc.
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My husband is 72 years old he is in the later stages of Alzhiemers. As a young man when he was stressed he would go every few hours but now he can hold on for so long some times 12 hours. I take him to the toilet and run the tap and sometimes he walks away and pees on the floor.(The joys of being a carer) I think parent pester kids to pee and my family were never like that so I can hold on to over a litre of fluid and so can my children. Make sure you Dad drinks hourly up to 5pm. My husband has Soya milk so he has no problem with his Prostate
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All of the above AND we found FIL has prostate problems as well. The prostate grows larger and complete emptying of the bladder is not easy. The retention of that bit of urine is breeding ground for repeated UTI's. There are medicines that can help some with that as can surgery. This is an ongoing problem. Many when they have to go a lot will then try to limit the intake of fluids causing dehydration. FIL gets up about 3 times at night to pee and we have just 2 days ago gotten stronger medicine. Be very vigilant about those UTI's they take a toll and can become full blown kidney infections easily. You can get the dip sticks at the drug store so you can check without a Dr visit. If you are unsure a trip to the Doc is in order as there are serious consequences here.
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Dementia doesn't play a role in this as much as age its common for seniors to make more trips to bathroom as bladder changes happen with age. How ever if there are frequent trips with little urination or painful urination might want to get a urine spec to the lab to check for UTI
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I'm not sure if the person involved is urinating "too much" or "too little". I was my mothers primary caretaker as she suffered through Alzhemeirs. At one point I couldnot get her to urinate forover 16 hours. I'm definately not one to run to doctors but was scared of her suffering from urinary retention. I brought her to the ER where they used a cathether. I would consult with her physician as to what is "normal" for her, ex: what medications she's on etc
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It's not clear from your question whether incontinence is a factor here, but if so, the answer is "often"...perhaps every hour. I often suggest that my mother go to the bathroom by saying something about walking around the house for a little exercise or washing her hands before lunch. That way it's not a constant refrain! She will go if she's up and moving. Sometimes I tell her that I have just been and left the light on for her.
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thanks
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People urinate more often as they get older. Their bladders and pelvic muscles become weaker, so they aren't as good at holding it. Some people take preventive trips to the bathroom because they don't want to have an accident by waiting too long. Some people take medications such as Lasix that makes them urinate very often for a few hours after taking it.

I don't know if there is a normal number of times that elders urinate. I have heard of some people holding it all day, then drenching the sheets at night. Then others travel back and forth to the bathroom every hour or two. If you feel it is too frequent, you may want to test for a urinary tract infection. If you feel it is too infrequent, you may want to check for dehydration or other problems.
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