12/12/2014 09:47 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST

Gordie Howe’s condition on ‘upswing’

Hockey great Gordie Howe’s condition is “on the upswing” from what was initially feared as a stroke but later revealed as dehydration, his son Mark confirmed to the Detroit Free Press on Friday.

"He's getting better,” Mark Howe told the Free Press. “He's on the upswing."

Gordie Howe, 86, who suffers from dementia, was rushed to hospital in Lubbock, Texas on Dec. 1 after he was unresponsive for 30 minutes. The family thought their father had suffered another stroke but tests later showed the four-time Stanley Cup champion was dehydrated.

Howe was released from hospital and is staying with his daughter Cathy.

"Marty and Murray have been down there about two weeks," Mark Howe told the Free Press of his two brothers. "We're starting to finally get positive news after one month of negative news, so it's good."

Gordie Howe had a serious stroke in late October and another in early November.

He has lived with his children since the death of his wife, Colleen, in 2009.