About Constipation: The Facts
Constipation occurs when stool or waste material moves too slowly through the large intestine. Feces that stays in the bowel too long before elimination becomes hard and dry. This results in difficult, painful, and infrequent bowel movements. In most cases, constipation is harmless. It's not a disease, but might be a symptom of one.
Many elderly people believe they are constipated when they're not, thinking that less than one bowel movement a day is abnormal. In fact, as little as twice a week is fine so long as you go when you feel the need.