During hot weather it is important for everyone to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Keeping your loved one living with Alzheimer’s from becoming dehydrated can be difficult especially as the disease progresses and his ability to communicate verbally diminishes. He may not be able to verbalize his thirst or in later stages may not even recognize the need to drink. It is up to you as his caregiver to ensure that he is hydrated. Be sure to offer him drinks throughout the day. If he has increased anxiety, wanders, or becomes frustrated, this could be a sign of being thirsty (as well as many other things). Try offering him a drink at this time. It may be easier to get him to drink if you offer a snack at the same time. Often people living with Alzheimer’s will drink and eat something that tastes sweet when they won’t consume most things. If he is resistant to drinking water, try offering a sweet drink such as juice or maybe sweet tea. The important thing is that he drinks liquid regularly. Remember to stay hydrated yourself, too.