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Nutrition and Mealtime

 

  • 8/1
    2013
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    5 Quick Tips for Caregiver on Self-Feeding Issues

    Be sure the person is sitting upright. Alternate solids with sips of liquids. Make foods more liquid as you feed—for example, add extra milk to mashed potatoes. Gently coach the person through feedings: “Okay, open your mouth…now close…now chew…swallow…” Try touching the person’s chin or cheek as a gentle way to stimulate chewing. read more

  • 4/30
    2014
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    A Tip for Days with Little Eating

    On days when my mom doesn't eat well I give her Boost or Ensure. read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Alzheimer's and Alcohol

    People who have Alzheimer’s disease are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. However, there is not a specific effect of alcohol on memory if people do not abuse alcohol and do not develop vitamin B deficiency. One glass of wine a day may be actually good for your loved one because small amounts of… read more

  • 8/6
    2013
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    Alzheimer's Patient Only Wants to Eat Candy and Non-Nutritious Food

    As we age we lose our taste buds and so often people crave foods that have more flavor—things that are salty or sweet. But craving sugar can also be a sign of other things that need to be treated. This can be one of those situations that is nearly impossible to figure out without a… read more

  • 7/23
    2013
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    Cooking with Alzheimer's

    Keep in mind that safety comes first. Address that it is not safe to cook alone. Try finding time to cook along with your loved one. read more

  • 8/1
    2013
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    How to Handle Messy Eaters

    Someone may be messy eating because of lack of control, lack of attentiveness, or decreased interested in self-care and hygiene. Here are some ways you can help one with messy eating habits: Lower expectations and look the other way as much as you can. Use a vinyl tablecloth, which is easily wiped clean, or paper… read more

  • 7/31
    2013
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    How to Help Your Loved One if They Won't Eat

    It can be an issue if your family member doesn’t eat or won’t eat. Here are some possible causes: Short Attention span. Distraction. Confusion. Physical impairment. Here are some ways to help: Be sure you’re dealing with a true lack of sufficient calories and nutrition not a finicky eater or small appetite. Rule out physical… read more

  • 8/1
    2013
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    How You Can Help Your Family Member If They Eat Too Much

    Serve food restaurant style rather than family style. If the person is an all-day snacker, make the available snacks low-calories and fill. Provide the person with plenty of activities to engage in to distract them between meals. Store snacks out of sight and out of reach so that the person has to ask for them… read more

  • 7/9
    2013
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    My Loved One has Alzheimer's and Won't Eat

    It is not uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s to experience a change in appetite. There are many reasons why this might happen, including depression and difficulty with the mechanics of eating. It could be critical to take your loved one to the doctor for an assessment. At the same time, the Alzheimer’s Association is an… read more

  • 8/20
    2013
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    Overview: Nutrition and Mealtime

    Proper nutrition is important for any senior’s health, especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Lack of nutrition can increase symptoms and result in weight loss and other complications to the condition. For those that suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease there are factors that could contribute to loss of appetite including, loss of smell… read more

  • 4/30
    2014
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    Tips to Help Eating from Being Messy

    When eating, put a foam-type shelf liner under the plate which will help to keep it from slipping around. Also, I have made large "clothing protectors" out of old towels with a strap for around the neck that fastens with velco. They used these at the rehab center where my husband was after his stroke. read more

  • 8/1
    2013
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    What to Do If One Goes on Food Jags

    Indulge food preferences as much as possible, provided the overall diet is reasonably balanced. It’s okay to serve the same entree day after day. Serve the same food more than once in a day if it’s requested. Ask the doctor about adding vitamins if the diet seems unbalanced. Consider preparing the food in different formats:… read more

  • 8/1
    2013
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    What to Do if Your Loved One Doesn't Swallow Food and Chokes

    Avoid hard foods: popcorn, nuts, hard candy, hard raw vegetables (such as carrots), hot dogs (unless finely diced), grapes, apples. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing: celery, steak, chips. Avoid sticky foods such as peanut butter. Mash up foods or puree them in a blender or baby-food grinder; finely dice meat and cheese.… read more

  • 8/1
    2013
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    What to Do If Your Loved One is Dehydrated

    Offer liquids throughout the day; don’t wait for the person to ask. Don’t just hand over a glass; stand by and make sure the drink is actually sipped. Vary the types of beverages offered: water, juice, milk, hot chocolate, cider. Even coffee, tea, and soda are okay in moderation (about a cup a day) if… read more

  • 7/29
    2013
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    What to do When Your Loved One is Being Finicky About Eating

    Focus on what your loved one likes to eat rather than your idea of the perfect nutrition. Unless there are medical reasons for a specific diet, it’s important that they eat for pleasure and get enough calories. Make available a variety of reasonably healthful high-calorie choices. Season liberally with herbs and other flavorings to make… read more

  • 7/31
    2013
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    Your Loved One and Their Eating Habits

    The brain changes eating habits by making it hard to evaluate options, select among them, and control the fine motor skills needed to manipulate a serving spoon from dish to plate. Here are some tips on helping one’s struggle during mealtime. Serve plates of food to everyone at the table, rather than setting out food… read more

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