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6 ways to improve appetite for Alzheimer's patients, including a fixed meal routine

 Alzheimer's disease can affect appetite, but a healthy and nutritious diet is necessary to slow the progression of the disease, so it is important that people with dementia eat properly even if they have poor appetite. and dementia.


New research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids in particular can play an important role in reducing some risks and slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease. But as dementia progresses, our ability and desire to eat deteriorate, and this makes it difficult to meet the challenge of eating well.


People with dementia often lose their appetite or eat so uncomfortable that they don't have the energy to eat.


Many of the symptoms of the disease contribute to reduced eating or the inability to make and eat nutritious meals, and these symptoms include:


Memory loss and confusion which means some people don't eat.


The ability to estimate temperature can be lost, so if food is served too hot it can burn your lips or throat.


Physical skills such as keeping mouths closed while food is inside to help us chew and swallow can become difficult


Inability to cook or prepare food safely


Depression, poor mood and lack of energy


Constipation through low fluid and fiber intake, or as a side effect of drug therapy, which leads to discomfort and loss of appetite.


Aggression and resistance to eating


If you have someone in your life who has dementia and is struggling to eat a balanced diet, there are plenty of things you can do to help.


6 Ways to Boost Appetite for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients


Regular meal routine

 

Developing a regular meal routine is a really simple way to make food more appealing and less stressful for someone with dementia.


Allow a dementia patient to eat slowly

 

We juggle so many tasks when caring for someone that it can be tempting to push the person to eat their meal and lose patience.


But experts warn that a person with dementia should not eat too quickly, because speeding only increases the likelihood of discomfort and less eating.


Give the patient plenty of time to finish their meal to avoid conflict, and if the meal becomes difficult, do not force the person to finish it immediately.


Try the distractions

Sometimes focusing on the task at hand is important if you want someone to eat their food.


While the person is focused on swallowing or moving food from the fork to the mouth, not turning on the radio or television to distract them helps.


If you find that the person you are caring for is frustrated by not being able to eat when the only focus is on doing so, a distraction by turning on the television may help.


Sitting in front of the TV eating food like sandwiches or slicing soft fruit may mean that they are eating while they are distracted by the program, so try both scenarios.


Wait a better time

 

If the patient feels drowsy and does not respond significantly to eating, try allowing some time before trying again.


Seek advice if they are excessively sleepy, it may be that a change in some of the medications they are taking may give you a better chance of helping them eat.


Take a comprehensive look

Our appetite and desire to eat anything are affected by many factors, from physical issues like constipation to bad moods.



Taking a comprehensive look at the person you care about and their environment may help you to improve the situation and nourish them with food that improves their well-being.


Watch it eat

What we do know about poor appetite is that the less we eat, the less appetite, and this is where malnutrition can start, and problems such as ulcers, poor wound healing and depression begin to occur.


The smell, taste, look and feel of food can trigger the desire to eat and provide the comfort and nourishment they need.

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