How to Help a Family Member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia with Eating

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kelly Scott of Emeritus Senior Living will provide strategies and tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss. This video will cover the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, including strategies for mealtime.

    Kelly Scott: Hello, I am Kelly Scott with Emeritus Senior Living. If you are a caregiver for a parent or loved ones struggling with Dementia or Alzheimer's I understand how difficult your time can be. Today, I am going to give you some strategies for making meals a little easier for both of you. A couple reasons why it's such a challenge for people with these conditions, is because of their progressive physical changes and poured up perception. Appetites may also vary among individuals with Dementia. Someone wants to eat all of the time, while others have trouble eating healthy amount. Here are some tips to help make meal times more enjoyable and successful. Use contrasting colored plates and linens to help with depth perception problems. It can be difficult to see foods such as mash potatoes on a white plate, on a white table cloth. Provide adaptive equipment for independent eating, such as script plates, large handled silverware, and cups with lids. Sit with your loved one during the meal. Often they will do what you are doing and you can gently remind them throughout the meal if they get distracted. Cut out foods prior to serving them, like many activities of daily living, meal time with people suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia takes more time and planning. These strategies will help you provide them with a pleasant and healthy eating experience.