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Health Tip: When a Person With Alzheimer's Eats

Health Tip: When a Person With Alzheimer's Eats

07/29/11

(HealthDay News) -- Mealtime with an Alzheimer's patient can be stressful and challenging, to make sure the patient gets sufficient nutrition.

The Alzheimer's Association suggests how to help mealtime go more smoothly:

  • Serve meals in a quiet environment with no distractions.
  • Clear the table of everything but basic utensils and dishes; keep dishes plain rather than with bright colors or patterns.
  • Make sure the food isn't too hot.
  • Serve only one or two foods at a time, and make an effort to honor the patient's food preferences.
  • Have meals together, and don't rush the meal.
  • Be understanding if the patient can't remember already having eaten.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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