Making Mealtime Easier
As Alzheimer's advances, mealtimes may become an increasing battle for all those with the disease and their care providers.
In the beginning, your beloved one might not remember how to fix their meals, or forget that they have to eat and, as time goes on, other eating issues will start to appear.
- Anger and agitation: Cognitive decline can cause someone to become agitated during mealtimes. They can also lose their sense of table manners--eating too much, taking food from other individuals ’therefore plates, making comments about the meal. Keeping a calm demeanor, regardless of what your beloved one says or does, and taking your time with the meal may help them unwind.
- Anxiety and confusion: Anxiety and confusion may be avoided by making the ingestion process as simple as possible and decreasing distractions. Maintain the dining room quiet, clean, well-lit and free . Place mats and serving meals are best.
Placing one form of food at a time on a one’s plate may cut down on confusion. If they've trouble with forks and plates, spoons with large bowls and handles can be easier options.
- No appetite: Alzheimer’s therefore, age and even certain medications can decrease a senior’s appetite or impair their capacity to taste meals. They can also start to lose their sense of taste and odor, which makes them less inclined to delight in the ingestion procedure. Consult with an elderly loved one’s doctor if you suspect that their medications are that makes them less likely to eat. You may also try improving the flavor of foods with ingredients like vinegar, onions, garlic and olive oil.
- Problems chewing gum: an individual may have difficulty because of a variety of factors: cognitive impairment dentures, tooth loss and mouth sores. Feeding your cherished one soft foods might help alleviate this situation. Substitute canned and frozen vegetables and fruits for fresh produce and turn to foods like peanut butter, cooked beans and eggs to substitute sources of protein that are harder to chew.
- Choking: The muscles in an adult’s esophagus aren't as strong as they once were and Alzheimer’s therefore may cause them to work . Aspiration, when a piece of food gets sucked into the windpipe and lungs, may lead to pneumonia in an individual with Alzheimer’s therefore and is a contributor in the death of several individuals with the disease. Shredding and chopping a meal into easier-to-eat pieces can cut down on the chances of choking and aspiration. Fruit smoothies made with protein powder may also supply important nutrients, while reducing the strain on the digestion.
7 Healthy Foods for Individuals with Alzheimer’s
Try any of the following healthy foods which are easy to make:
- Canned soup (low-sodium)
- Canned fruits (in its own juice, or sugar-free syrup)
- Frozen vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Cottage cheese (sodium-free)