How to make sure Alzheimer’s patients have good diets

January 11, 2017

We’ve written in length about the heartbreak Alzheimer’s disease can bring to a family. It’s definitely not easy seeing your loved one change into a different person because of the damage wrought by Alzheimer’s. A good diet is crucial for an Alzheimer’s patient as poor nutrition can exacerbate negative behavior and could result in weight loss that they can’t afford to have. How can caregivers make sure that Alzheimer’s patients are properly nourished?

The cardinal rules of keep a proper balanced diet definitely applies to Alzheimer’s patients as well. Consume little to no processed/refined foods, cut down on sugar and carbs, and minimize sodium/salt intake to reduce the risk of heart disease and keep blood pressure low. 

Preparing healthy meals is one thing. Getting them to eat the meals is another. Here are some caregiving tips to keep in mind to make sure that your loved one is eating regularly:

  1. Stimulate the senses: we eat with our eyes first, so when plating meals, presentation is key. Aromatics will also help as our sense of smell is proven to stimulate appetites.
  2. Focus on soft foods or foods that don’t require a lot of chewing or swallowing, like mashed potatoes or soup.
  3. Keep portions small, try not to cram a bunch of food in a plate
  4. Their food tastes and preferences may be in flux. Experiment with different herbs and spices as well as different textures and forms like smoothies.
  5. Keep the atmosphere relaxed and friendly.

Alzheimer’s is a difficult time for both families and patients. Those that suffer from Alzheimer’s go through an especially hard time as all of the changes in their brain make them lose themselves. A good meal will help them feel grounded.

More Blog