Tips to Make Mealtimes Easier for Seniors with Dementia
Loss of memory, poor memory, issues with judgment, and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, can make eating right or maintaining a healthy mealtime schedule significantly more difficult for our senior loved ones with the condition.
Fortunately, there are ways to make mealtimes easier for them. Here are some tips:
Serve only one or two foods at a time If there’s one thing we know as providers of dementia care, it’s that our senior loved ones with the condition get easily overwhelmed with many choices on their literal plate. Start easy so they can get used to them and serve dishes one at a time.
Limit distractions It is usually not a good idea to let them eat while listening to the radio or watching TV as this may distract them from finishing their meals and losing their appetite. On that note, avoid preparing a full table setting, too. Keep it as simple as possible. Place only what is needed.
Don’t hover; give them enough time to finish their meal You can still encourage them by following their pace, making sure to keep the conversation light to create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
For more information about Alzheimer's and dementia care at Mitchell Hollingsworth, feel free to give us a call. 256-740-5400.