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Eating and Dementia

salad from AHS, June 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am

Encouraging someone with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia to eat enough may be a challenge. Here are a few tips that may help.

  • If the person resists using a spoon or fork, don't force the issue. Some people may have vision or motor problems that make using a spoon or fork difficult. Serve food that can be easily eaten, such as finger foods. Prepare foods they like and don't worry too much about how the food is eaten.

  • Offer food often. This includes healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.

  • Set aside enough time for meals. They may take longer than others to eat.

  • Limit choices, which can be confusing. Serve meals in courses, one food at a time.

  • If they wear dentures, make sure they fit properly. Uncomfortable dentures can make eating painful and keep a person from eating enough.

  • If the person is losing weight, consider adding a liquid nutrition drink such as Ensure or another brand. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

  • Eat with the person.


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