The Reef for Male Caregivers – How to Make Sure Your Loved One Eats Well
In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, many people lose interest in food. You may begin to notice some changes in how or when the person eats.
He or she may not be aware of mealtimes, remember to cook or eat enough different kinds of foods. This means the person may not be getting the foods or vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy.
Here are some suggestions to help the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease eat better. Remember that these are just tips. Try different things and see what works best for the person.
You might try to:
- Serve meals at the same time each day.
- Make the eating area quiet. Turn off the TV, CD player, or radio.
- Offer just one food at a time instead of filling the plate or table with too many things.
- Use colorful plates so the person can see the food.
- Control between-meal snacks. Lock the refrigerator door and food cabinets if necessary. Put masking tape near the top and/or bottom of the doors.
- Make sure the person’s dentures are tight fitting. Loose dentures or dentures with bumps or cracks may cause choking or pain, making it hard to eat. Take poorly fitting dentures out until the person can get dentures that fit.
- Let the doctor know if your family member loses a lot of weight, for example, if he or she loses 10 pounds in a month.
For specific suggestions about foods to eat and liquids to drink, call the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at (561) 588-4545.
We will send you a document with additional tips on how to make sure your loved one eats well, techniques to try and how to avoid problems while eating. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next month.