Easier mealtimes for people with Alzheimer’s

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Easier mealtimes for people with Alzheimer
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We all understand that healthy eating is important but in our fast-paced, over occupied culture, we can never seem to find the time or willpower to implement a well-balanced diet. For a person suffering from Alzheimer’s, it might prove to be even more challenging when they are dealing with loss of memory and confusion about food.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common type of Dementia and it is not unusual for individuals with Alzheimer’s to stop eating or drinking in the later stages.
This one of the troubling aspects of Alzheimer’s, and they often mark the tail end of a person’s independence. It is paramount to have proper nutritional intake daily and often, Alzheimer’s patients can’t get it on their own.
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is difficult, let alone setting time aside for meal preparation. Nevertheless, here are some ways we can help our loved ones maintain a healthy diet.
1. Gaining appetite
Forgetting how to chew and swallow, insufficient physical activity, decreasing sense of smell and taste can all lead to a loss in appetite.
What to do:
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2. Mealtime’s Strategies
During the middle stages of Alzheimer’s, changes in taste, smell and perception can be a back-breaking situation.
Mealtime’s Strategies
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3. Create a calm and conducive environment
Creating a positive and relaxed mealtime environment can have a huge impact on the willingness to eat for Alzheimer’s patient. We can create a supportive environment to encourage them to eat more.
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Create a calm and conducive environment
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4. Provide a nutritional meal
A healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition. A well-balanced diet provides energy you need to function well and nutrients for growth and repair
Provide a nutritional meal
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It is painful to see a shell of a person and wonder what they could have been. Don’t be afraid to try out new approaches with people that are suffering from Alzheimer’s. You might go through many different options until you find the one that works. Reach out to your family, friends, Alzheimer’s Association, or support groups to ask for help if needed.
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