Hydration in older adults

  • Adequate fluid intake is very important as the risk of dehydration is higher in the elderly population. Body changes occurring with ageing such as reduced renal function, loss of thirst, swallowing problems and dementia are among factors that may contribute to reduced fluid intake in older adults.
  • According to EFSA (2010) 2.0-2.5 litres of total water intake per day (2.0 for females, 2.5 for males) is recommended. Total water intake includes plain water and water included in beverages (tea, coffee) and in foods with a high water content (soups, fruit and vegetables).