How can I introduce more liquids into my husband's diet?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 24, 2016
Gaylejane asked...

My husband is mid level ALZ. He says he doesn't like to drink liquids and as a result his intake has drastically declined. I've added soup and cantaloupe and water melon, but he's still not getting enough fluid. He currently has a bladder infection which is being treated with antibiotics. How can I introduce more liquids into his diet?


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Beth Reardon, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is Caring.com senior food and nutrition editor and the director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet.

Keeping adequately hydrated is a common concern for people of all ages, especially in these hot summer months. For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's, it presents even greater challenges. First congratulations on being very creative in offering your husband foods that have high water content. These are quite important and can make significant contributions over time. So keep up that great work. There was study recently published that found that when offered beverages through a straw people drank more throughout the day. If you are not already using a water bottle "“ consider getting a clear one that has a straw built in and fluid ounce measures on the side so that he can see how much he is drinking relative to a water goal that you both set. If he does not like to drink his fluids maybe he would like to eat them. Ice chips, frozen drinks, water ice. Frozen yogurt and even cold soups are interesting alternatives. Ask him about the temperature.... Would he prefer room temperature or cool beverages? Epicurious.com and EatingWell.com remain two of my favorite websites for really interesting recipes like cantaloupe soup and berry gazpacho! It is also possible that your husband's tastes may be changing a bit "“ or he may be losing his sensitivity to certain flavors. It may be too that he is in need of a flavor boost. Would he like an iced green for example that is enhanced or flavored up with some slices of orange, lemon or ginger! More importantly hang in there. "Persistence" and "patience" are the words of the day. You are doing a wonderful job! My Best, Beth