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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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Nice idea, but I really hope the needs of people with dementia who experience dysphagia are considered. Alongside swallowing difficulties, many people with dysphagia forget food in their mouths while eating - these sizable (and it appears sticky) sweeties could pose a real risk if given to the wrong client.

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Totally agree.

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hi sounds like a great idea, would like to know like others if they are suitable for diabetic diet and also if they are suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

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This is awesome! Something definitely needed. I would also love these as I am dehydrated from cancer and my surgeries. I can no longer digest or absorb. Can’t wait to be able to buy these. This is a wonderful idea!!!

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I would love my mum to trial the Jelly Drops, de-hydration is crippling her mentally on a daily basis :(

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Wish these were out now. Am from New Zealand and the dementia home I work in has currently got a few cases of residents who are, or have been unwell with the flu and not eating and drinking well as a result. These would have been a God send we try to encourage them to have plenty of fluids but most often say no but will take a lolly when offered. Will be watching out for these in the future

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I think they are a fantastic idea, my mum had dementia and we had real trouble getting her to drink and she was constantly dehydrated. I’m sure she would have loved these as she did have a sweet tooth. Good luck with your amazing idea

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I agree with all the above re size, content and need for healthy ingredients.When will they be on the market? Please make the price feasible for a weekly 'treat'. If you are still in need of marketing volunteers, I can offer our group to help.

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Fantastic idea. My Mum is constantly dehydrated but loves sweets. At 90 years old I’m not going to stop her having a sweet treat if that’s what makes her happy!

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What a fantastic well thought out idea

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A lovely idea BUT ........we have to be careful , exactly as the few comments mentioned by DR'S, dentist's,& Health experts. We have to be careful who we give these sweets etc to, too much sugar /fat,
should not be allowed, which is in some sweets , not milk chocolate only dark chocolate etc. what a lovely thought from the chap who was thinking about our lovely older friends. Fingers crossed he will come up with the right recipe, Margaret Park best wishes..

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My colleagues tried these at this year's 'expo' at the NEC - they were apparently fantastic!

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I am a dentist who treats people with Dementia - its is not clear if this product contains sugar?
If it does it should not be given to people with teeth, The caries (decay) risk is just too high.

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I agree. I keep seeing these pop up on Facebook. I am a dental assistant. I was very concerned about the "sweets" and the sugar content. People in senior care home have HUGE problems with tooth decay and tooth care never mind providing sweet candies for them. I really was hoping to read that they have no sugar but I keep seeing "sweets" and "candies" associated with this product. On the plus side...hydration may help with dry mouth and gum disease? Not sure exactly how these things work but if they contain sugar..PLEASE think of their teeth and quality of life. Most people in these types of places cannot even brush their teeth or grip a toothbrush and no one provides tooth care for them. It is one if the major issues brought up at dental conventions...care homes should have more access to dental care.

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I would say that the risk of acute kidney injury following lack of adequate hydration, coupled with the risk of urinary tract infection far out does the risk of dental caries. There are ways of caring for the mouths of patients with dementia. It is a risk v benefit situation and surely it is far better to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions with the distress that this brings than the possibility of the person needing a filling?

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It is not just a case of the person possibly needing a filling, the risk is that the sugar causes decay/ root caries in a person whose oral mouth care is probably not well looked after, if they have a dry mouth due to medication and dehydrated the sugar will decay the teeth even quicker. The person is then highly likely to need a general anaesthetic to extract teeth. The GA poses a risk of worsening the dementia or even death in a frail older person.
As an oral health promoter we suggest keeping a spray bottle with fresh cool water at hand to hydrate the mouth.

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Liz Anderson. ..my thoughts exactly. And I am a qualified dental nurse now working as a carer.

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I understand about the decay, but when someone is in this stage of dementia where they're not getting enough hydration, teeth are the last thing on the caretaker's mind as they are trying to save their life. Most people in the latter stages of this awful disease no longer know how to swallow; their teeth really don't matter anymore.

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I keep seeing all the people worried about the sugar content in these jellies. As an Alzheimer’s nurse for the last several years, sugar should be the least thing you worry about. When an Alzheimer’s patient has to be hospitalized for dehydration (or any reason,really), it takes their whole “being” down and they never really regain that lost time.

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Great idea but as an oral health promoter I am also hoping they are sugar free. People with dementia do not always remember to brush their teeth, and later into the disease, are resistant to carers helping with tooth brushing. This may have a detrimental effect on their health as the oral bacteria is breathed in and also travels around the body in the blood.

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Hi Lynette I was going to post the same especially as more people are dentate that are living with Dementia. Fingers crossed they will be sugar free!

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Great idea That will good for my mom

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I cannot wait to see the progress of Jelly Drops they will be so invaluable to those who need redydration

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