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1 in 4 older people are dehydrated, so aren’t drinking enough. This can cause a range of health problems and can even contribute to falls, infections and strokes.

To prevent dehydration, adults should drink at least 3½ pints (2 litres/70 fluid ounces) of fluid a day - unless otherwise directed by a doctor. This fluid intake doesn’t just have to be water. It can include things like tea, coffee, fruit juice, squash, milk and fizzy drinks.

Preventing dehydration is so important, please don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink 

Drinking & hydration for older adults

Read our booklet, which is full of useful information to keep you well

If you’re a health coach or healthcare professional

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Drinking & the toilet

To find out more about managing drinking alongside toilet visits, have a look at our leaflet

Toilet map

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