Beverage intake and drinking patterns—Clues to support older people living in long-term care to drink well: DRIE and FISE Studies

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Low-intake dehydration, due to insufficient beverage intake, is common in older people and associated with increased mortality and morbidity. We aimed to document drinking patterns of older adults living in long-term care and compared patterns in those drinking well with those not drinking enough. 188 people aged ≥ 65 years living in 56 UK long-term care homes were interviewed and hydration status assessed in the Dehydration Recognition In our Elders (DRIE) study. In 22 DRIE residents, the Fluid Intake Study in our Elders (FISE) directly observed, weighed and recorded all drinks intake over 24-hours. Twenty percent of DRIE participants and 18% of FISE participants had low-intake dehydration (serum osmolality > 300 mOsm/kg ). Mean total drinks intake was 1787 mL/day (SD 693) in FISE participants (2033 ± 842 mL/day in men; 1748 ± 684 mL/day in women). Most drinks intake was between meals (59%, including 10% with medications). Twelve (55%) FISE participants achieved European Food Safety Authority drinks goals (3/6 men drank ≥ 2.0 L/day , 9/16 women drank ≥ 1.6 L/day). Those drinking well were offered beverages more frequently, drank more with medications and more before breakfast (beverage variety did not differ). Promising strategies to support healthy drinking include offering drinks more frequently, particularly before and during breakfast and with medication.
Original languageEnglish
Article number447
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019


  • drinking
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • long-term care facilities
  • dementia
  • aged
  • dehydration
  • beverages
  • drinking behavior
  • Residential Care

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