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
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Drinking & the toilet
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