Eating Well with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Alcoeur Gardens, NJ’s Premiere Assisted Living Specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

blog-10-5There’s no special diet for people with Alzheimer’s disease, but good nutrition can ease some symptoms and help them feel good. When you’re caring for someone with the condition, there are simple ways you can make eating healthier, easier, and more enjoyable.

The basic rules of a healthy diet apply to everyone, whether they have Alzheimer’s or not.

  • Eat a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Limit foods with high saturated fat and cholesterol, like fatty meats and fried foods.
  • Cut down on sugar.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Ask your loved one’s health care team if there are any foods or drinks that can keep the medicines he/ she take from working.
  • Someone with Alzheimer’s may not drink enough water because their body’s signal for thirst isn’t as strong as it was. Some meds can give someone “dry mouth”
  • Remind your loved one to drink water, and try other ways to avoid dry mouth.
  • Dunk breads, toast, cookies, or crackers in milk, hot chocolate, or tea to soften them.
  • Remind her to take a drink after each bite of food to moisten her mouth and help her swallow.
  • Add broth or sauces to foods to make them softer and wetter.
  • People with Alzheimer’s may feel less hungry or thirsty, have problems chewing or swallowing, have trouble using utensils or feeding themselves, or make bad food choices.
  • Prepare things that are easy to eat. Good options are bite-sized finger foods, like chicken nuggets, tuna sandwiches, orange slices, and steamed broccoli.
  • A spoon and bowl may be better than a fork and plate.
  • Activity can boost appetite. Encourage your loved one to take walks, knit, and crotchet or socialize.

Providing healthy, hearty homemade meals are a priority for our residents at Alcoeur Gardens and are prepared every day by our Aides. Tonight it’s an Enchilada Casserole by Chef Luis !