Proper nourishment and Alzheimer's Disease
A decreased appetite is common among those with Alzheimer's. This becomes more of an issue as the disease progresses. Caregivers often struggle to keep their loved ones well-nourished, which helps prevent exhaustion and other illnesses. Nutritionists suggest providing a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make sure to provide preferred foods since they are more likely to be eaten. Also, only offer two to three meals to choose from. More than that can cause confusion which often decreases appetite. Other helpful hints include serving meals at the same time and location every day. Maintaining a routine is very helpful for those with Alzheimer's as it helps decrease confusion and anxiety. Individuals that have difficulty using utensils should be given finger foods. If they become frustrated they may give up and stop eating. Lastly, problems with chewing and swallowing can also discourage eating. If this occurs, contact a doctor immediately as this can be a sign of something more serious.
Matthew Call, ET, CSFS, CDP