Why does my husband crave sweets? He was never a sweet eater before he came down with AD.
I smiled when I read your question since my mother Dorothy, who passed away with Alzheimer’s in 2009, loved her ice cream (sometimes three times a day) and like your husband, was not much of a sweet eater.
We know that taste buds and the sense of smell diminish with age. There actually seems to be less sensitivity for sweets as we get older. But for the person with dementia (and many of us) sweets are a comfort food.
My co-author in the Best Friends series of books I write, Virginia Bell, has often said that an ice cream cone is a magic since the person has to attend to it while enjoying a pleasurable experience that evokes feelings of childhood.
As strange as the change in taste may be, I say run with it if there isn’t a major issue around diabetes or weight gain (if so you might want to substitute some sweet fruits like watermelon or try some substitutes like sugar free Jell-O).
Your job as a caregiver can be stressful—I hope you partake in some good (healthier dark) chocolate or an ice-cream cone soon. When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.