• Eating and dementia

    Nicole Lowe | June 26, 2023

    Encouraging someone with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia to eat enough may be a challenge. Here are a few tips that may help.

    • If the person resists using a spoon or fork, don't force the issue. Some people may have vision or motor problems that make using a spoon or fork difficult. Serve food that can be easily eaten, such as finger foods. Prepare foods they like and don't worry too much about how the food is eaten.
    • Offer food often. This includes healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.
    • Set aside enough time for meals. They may take longer than others to eat.
    • Limit choices, which can be confusing. Serve meals in courses, one food at a time.
    • If they wear dentures, make sure they fit properly. Uncomfortable dentures can make eating painful and keep a person from eating enough.
    • If the person is losing weight, consider adding a liquid nutrition drink such as Ensure or another brand. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
    • Eat with the person.

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