Matt Hancock meets the Jelly Drops team

Jelly Drops sweets available now - a simple and tasty way to boost daily water intake

Alzheimer’s Society has supported the development of Jelly Drops, bite-sized sweets designed to increase your water intake. Find out about the latest progress on the development of this exciting product.

This article was first published on 14 June 2019 and updated on 13 July 2020. 

What are Jelly Drops?

Jelly Drops are a bite-sized, sugar-free sweets containing 95 per cent water and added electrolytes. 

They were invented by Lewis Hornby, who was inspired by his 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 over the last year through our Accelerator Programme

We are excited to announce that the Jelly Drops team have begun to deliver their fantastic product. 

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Lewis Hornby and his grandmother.

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.

Jelly Drops team

The Jelly Drops team.

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.

Buy Jelly Drops

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Great idea and a wonderful source of liquid intake but .... my 95year old mother with advanced Alzheimer’s can no longer use her dentures so the jelly drop needs to melt in the mouth to avoid choking.

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Great idea! Love it😊

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Fantastic idea I work for a charity tackling loneliness working with some people who have dementia and their families so would like to keep updated

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What a fantastic idea, my relatives would have benefited from these.

Thank you

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I love this initiative. I would like to know when they will be available and if I can get them, I am from Puerto Rico. Thanks to the people who have supported this.

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love this idea. I would like to know when they will be available and if I can find them where I live, in Puerto Rico. Thank you

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Fantastic idea. My husband has early vascular dementia& has a very sweet tooth! Can’t wait to get these for him.

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Will these jelly sweets be ok for diabetics who suffer with dementia. Be fantastic if they will.

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Please let us know when they are available. My father really needs these

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Cannot wait for these to be released. Hard to get my mum to drink but never refuses sweet things :)

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I'd let my husband trial them if you need volunteers.

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When and where can these Jelly Drops be purchased when they come to market

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sounds good. Do they contain any sugar? How long do they take to be dissolved in the mouth and swallowed? - Senior dental nurse

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What a fab idea. They would have been great for my mum
Well done

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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share your queries and concerns about Jelly Drops. We are really excited to be supporting the Jelly Drops team to bring their product to people affected by dementia, and your comments are invaluable.

Over the next year, we will be working with the team to make sure these types of concerns, such as sugar levels and swallowing risks, are taken into account. We will ensure people affected by dementia are involved in the development of the product. We’ll keep you updated with the all the latest developments.

Thanks again, everyone.

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