Jelly Drops May Help To Prevent Dehydration For People With Dementia
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During the early months of 2019, Jelly Drops will become available to the public. Jelly Drops are hydrating treats shaped like raindrops that come in a treat box with a see-through lid. The drops are designed to be appealing to people with dementia, easy to grasp and to swallow, containing water and electrolytes to help keep elderly seniors hydrated.
The 24 year old London student Lewis Hornby noticed that his dementia afflicted grandmother was having problem staying hydrated, so he came up with bite-sized pods, Jelly Drops, the edible water that look like tasty treats. Each of these colorful pods is made up of mostly water, with 10% of its composition being gelling agents and electrolytes. These Jelly Drops are available in a rainbow of colors, presented in packaging for wonderful treats. Its pleasing presentation would help elderly to avoid dehydration, a common problem for those suffering from degenerative neurological diseases.
Multiple factors have contributed to easy dehydration for people with dementia:
- their thirst mechanism no longer functions optimally
- their memory are poor and therefore they often forget to drink water
- their dexterity diminish with age
- they suffer from dysphagia, swallowing difficulty, therefore, they have a hard time swallowing thin liquids
Taking seven of these jelly drops is equivalent to drinking a glass of water. With the introduction of colorful jelly drops, many people with dementia or people who tend to forget to drink enough water will hopefully have less problem with dehydration.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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