Good nutrition and a well-balanced diet are important when your loved one has Alzheimer’s. As cognitive function declines, appetite may diminish, too. A person with dementia may become overwhelmed by food choices, forget to eat or drink, have difficulty using utensils, or may not recognize the food.
Try these tips:
• Use familiar foods prepared in familiar ways.
• Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and promote healthy brain function. Offer a variety with whole grains, low-fat dairy items, and lean protein.
• Focus on water-rich foods, such as fruit, soups, milkshakes, and smoothies to help combat dehydration.
• Meats are easier to swallow when prepared with sauces or gravy.
• Bow-tie pasta can be eaten with greater ease than spaghetti.
• Healthy finger foods like fruit chunks or small tea-size sandwiches are especially beneficial for loved ones who wander during mealtime.
• Make mealtime simple, relaxed, and calm. Allow ample time for your loved one to eat.
• Offer fluids with every meal. Water and juice are two good options.