• 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.
  • It could be important to determine, is this is a new behavior for this individual or have they always had a big sweet tooth? Especially if it is a new behavior, it is recommended you talk to this person’s doctor so you can figure out what is triggering this.
  • There are things you can try to help encourage this person to eat nourishing foods—finds foods with lots of flavor and see if that helps. Seasonings can make a big difference if people are losing their sense of taste.
  • Depending on the stage of dementia, it may be ok for the individual to eat less nutritious food because in later stages, any caloric intake is important.
  • Try to hide fruits and vegetables by incorporating them in foods the individual likes, such as a delicious smoothie or swap regular French fries for sweet potato fries.