“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore.
Eating is more than just chewing and swallowing food. It is an integral process by which the body acquires nutrients to be transformed into energy for the body to last the day. Though an effortless action for many, eating can be an issue for certain individuals – especially Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Though each case may differ, a person afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease becomes unable to take care of himself. Due to their mental condition, they become incapable of performing basic human tasks, such as eating. If you are taking care of a loved one with this disease and preparing meals for them has become extra challenging, here are seven tips that you could use:
Remove possible distractions.
On the dinner table, place things that are only necessary. Remove other ornaments that can grab their attention like vases, extra kitchen utensils, and gadgets. Also, it is advisable to turn off any media players (e.g. speakers, television) because their attention can be directed to which.
Make food more appealing.
They may be shaken by Alzheimer’s disease but their tongues are still functional. Cook each meal properly and never forget to add love while you cook.
Assess their food choices.
Without hampering their nutritional needs, serve meals that please their pallets. Know which food do they love and hate. Never force them to eat certain kinds of food if, in the end, their appetites will be ruined.
Check the food temperature.
Meals are delicate, never forget to incorporate sensitivity on it. Alzheimer’s patients may be forgetful but the sensation of pain and disdain can trigger human beings to be defensive. For example, if they burn their tongue over hot soup, they may end up hating soups in general.
Rushing an Alzheimer’s disease patient to finish his meal can result in two scenarios: loss of appetite and choking. Either way, the result is disadvantageous.
Be extra patient.
Alzheimer’s patients have the tendency to forget that they ate already. It is hard not to get annoyed by their repetitive nuances but never lose your cool. Remember, they are not purposely making things harder. They have a difficult condition and they will need your help to conquer it.
Though their memories are faulty, their hearts can still remember. Eating together is a good way to express compassion and care. Let them feel that you are enjoying their company. Smile and have a good time too.
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