Aside from simple hemorrhoids, hernia, and laxative dependence, constipation in the elderly can be more severe than ever. It can be simple and easy to prevent constipation when the bearer will just follow on the easy steps on preventing it. The most effective means in treating constipation is "fiber" as it helps soften the stool and also help the stool pass through the gastrointestinal tract easier. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are foods rich in fiber. The elderly can also keep themselves away from constipation by not getting themselves dehydrate; it is advisable to drink plenty of water and liquids from fruit and vegetables juice as well as having enough exercise.