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How do you help your loved one stay hydrated?

Many people with dementia have trouble recognizing that they are thirsty or accessing water to drink, and this can affect them in several ways - worsened symptoms, UTIs, headaches, and other health problems.

What practical tips or hydration strategies can caregivers try to support hydration in their loved ones?

  1. I found drinks that he seems to like that are in cans like soda. Olipop is one. No artificial sweeteners. He loves popsicles. I buy sugar free as he is diabetic. I take drinks with us whenever we go out for any amount of time. Reminders, reminders, reminders......

    1. , thanks for sharing such helpful ideas. Have you ever tried to add flavor enhancers to a glass of plain water? Best, Nancy Team Member

  2. I push zero gatorade on my husband. No sugar, No calories and he likes them. I just try to keep one near him (or water in the GA container) throughout the day.

    1. Hello again and thanks for sharing. Good idea about keeping the Gatorade container nearby. My Dad didn't mind the seltzer water I offered him. I drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep myself hydrated. If you don't mind me asking, how do you do with keeping yourself hydrated? Self-care is important for all. All my best, Nancy Team member

      1. I stopped the cafine sodas and started sparkling waters. She doesn't like them but will drink when there's nothing else. I just make sure there is nothing else only cranberry juice and prune juice and sparkling water...

        1. , thanks for sharing. I like adding cranberry and prune juices to the hydration offerings. As a caregiver for my father, I would add some prune juice to his milkshakes because he wouldn't drink it plain. We appreciate you being part of our community. Best, Nancy Team member

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