The study describes the prevalence of urinary incontinence and factors associated with incontinence among the population of Tampere aged 84/85 years (n = 320). 18% of the males were occasionally incontinent and 21% were daily incontinent. The corresponding figures for females were 20 and 21%, respectively. Incontinence was not associated with sex, living alone, parity, or outdoor toilet facilities. On the other hand, incontinence was found to be related to use of home nursing, home help or day hospital services, living in institutions, limitations in mobility, and the use of diuretics.