Alzheimer’s disease can cause people to have difficulties eating. Some of the eating issues that people with this disease have include lack of appetite, displeasure with eating, and much more. The good news is there are tips for getting people with Alzheimer’s disease to eat better. The more tips you know as their caregiver, the better you can get your elderly loved one to eat.
Making Food Look Tastier
Everyone gets bored with the same meals week after week. If your elderly loved one has similar meals repeatedly, they are likely going to get tired of eating those meals. In addition, if they have Alzheimer’s disease, the food may not look tasty to them either. It is important for you or caregivers to make food look tastier. Some ways this can be done include:
- Adding in fruits and vegetables (added color can stimulate appetite)
- Create foods in different shapes
- Choose meals that spark interest
If you or caregivers can make food look tastier, your elderly loved one will be much more likely to eat those meals.
Evoking Positive Memories with Specific Aromas
Are there certain aromas that your elderly loved one is intrigued by? If so, this could be because those aromas help them remember positive times in their life. For example, if your elderly loved one enjoys eating chili, it could be due to positive memories from their childhood. Maybe they grew up having chili on cold fall evenings with their family. By choosing foods that evoke these positive memories, your elderly loved one will be more likely to eat.
Adding More Flavor
Another reason that many people with Alzheimer’s disease don’t eat well is that their taste buds aren’t the same as they used to be. If your elderly loved one can’t enjoy the taste of food, they are likely going to lose their appetite. However, you or caregivers can add more flavor to their food. Some ways you can do this include:
- Adding in salt and pepper
- Putting fresh herbs in the meals
- Adding in flavorful spices
- Putting sauce on their food
These are all great ways to enhance the taste of your elderly loved one’s foods. The more your elderly loved one enjoys the flavor of a certain food, the more likely they will be to eat it.
Caregiver Tips that can Help Their Appetite
These are some of the best tips for getting people with Alzheimer’s disease to eat better. Now that you know how to stimulate your elderly loved one’s appetite, you can finally get them to eat better.