Alzheimer’s Society has supported the development of Jelly Drops, bite-sized sweets designed to increase your water intake. Find out about the new and improved recipe for this exciting product, and how they've been helping people during the pandemic.
What are Jelly Drops?
Jelly Drops are bite-sized, sugar-free sweets containing 95 per cent water and added electrolytes.
They were invented by Lewis Hornby, who was inspired by his late grandmother and her love for sweets. Lewis developed bright, raindrop-shaped sweets as an easy way to increase her daily water intake.
Lewis and his Jelly Drops team have worked alongside people with dementia, doctors and dementia psychologists to develop their fantastic product.
Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to have partnered with Lewis and the Jelly Drops team through our Accelerator Programme during the product's development.
Since launching in July 2020, we've been excited to see Jelly Drops reaching people living with dementia who want them. Now, the team is returning with a new and improved recipe for their refreshing water sweets.
The new Jelly Drops are smoother, slightly firmer and more elastic - more sweety like!
'I was lucky enough to be able to taste test the new and improved Jelly Drops and thoroughly enjoyed them,' said Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer's Society.
'Not only do they have a lovely natural flavour, but it’s great that they’re also made with no artificial colours. We’ve already seen many people living with dementia enjoy and benefit from Jelly Drops, but the team’s commitment to continuing to improve their fantastic product will hopefully help Jelly Drops reach even more people in the future.'
How Jelly Drops have helped people during the coronavirus pandemic
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Jelly Drops team have worked even harder to make their water sweets available to the most vulnerable people in our society.
People living in care homes have been a primary concern for the Jelly Drops team during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jelly Drops team are also helping to cater to a small number of NHS coronavirus hospital wards, not just for the patients but also for the NHS staff. Members of staff are finding that long shifts and personal protective equipment (PPE) often leave them feeling dehydrated.
Dehydration and dementia
Dehydration is a common challenge for older people, and especially those with dementia. Memory problems mean that people living with dementia can often forget to drink enough water.
What’s more, the part of the brain that tells you when you’re thirsty, doesn’t always work properly. Unfortunately, this can lead to confusion and even hospitalisation.
How can I get some Jelly Drops?
There has been a huge demand for Jelly Drops since they were first introduced to the public in June 2019.
Since then, the Jelly Drops team have been building up large-scale production as fast as they can.
You can now order Jelly Drops online, either as a one-off purchase or subscription.
To get hold of your own Jelly Drops, visit the Jelly Drops website today.
Order Jelly Drops today
You can buy a single tray of Jelly Drops, or start a subscription via the website.