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Eating Problems

Eating Problems

My dad is in late stage Alzheimer's and has started not wanting to eat. I have tried everything. He says his teeth hurt his mouth so he won't wear his top plate. Everything i fix has to be soft food. He might eat 5-6 bites all day. Sometimes I can get a milkshake in him. The Doctor told me that this is a sign that the end is getting close. Any suggestions. I am still trying to work. I have cameras in the house and i have a constant watch on him from my office which is only 5 minutes from… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I make a chicken soup each week, with lots of veggies and brown rice. I now puree it for one of my dad's meals each day. My dad is on a gluten and dairy free diet and has swallowing/chewing difficulties, so I have adapted his foods to this. He has all soft foods, which require no chewing. There are few of baby foods which have quinoa as an alternate protein source. I use a high protein shake called Orgain which has less sugar than the other supplemental shakes. I use baby fruits/veggie mixes with cream of rice, for breakfast as well as oatmeal with mixtures of applesauce. He seems to do better with six small meals. My dad still has his own teeth which is probably why it is so difficult for him to chew. I also make salmon salad for him, using a skinless, boneless canned salmon, with a bit of dill pickle relish and mayo. I only serve his food at room temp. or warm. I hope this helps.

posted about 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My family became frustrated because she had always been health conscious and never ate sweets. The doctor said if she wants pudding every day and eats, then by God let her eat pudding. It's no longer about nutrition, it's about sustaining life. Hydration is key. Pudding, jello cups, fruit cups, yogurt, popsicles, bananas oranges, pinapple I couldn't get her to drink a single glass of juice. Then I found a very small narrow juice glass (vintage) and it was the perfect size. She'd drink it down. I kept it next to her chair and filled it all day long! She was now more hydrated than me! That glass made all the difference. I started making soups and grilled cheese sandwiches (1/2) for her. Taste buds die off as we age. These are all things that happen naturally as we cycle through life, it's part of the process as we're not meant to live forever. These things helped me care for her to the best of my ability as we prepared for her eventual journey to the other side.

posted almost 3 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

With my Mother at this stage, we would give her whatever she would eat or drink. Baby food is good to use also. Yogurt, Boost or Ensure drinks. Anything sweet they seem to eat more of.

posted about 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My dad stopped eating in the last few wks. He would drink some. Difficulty w choking w liquids last week or so he died. I think the body is shutting down. You can keep the body going w feeding tubes and different methods .but to what end. Dad never believed in extra efforts done for those near death.

posted almost 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My mom only wanted to eat sweets, they loose their sense of taste and sweets is the last to go. I finally gave up and let her eat what she wanted. You can try a milkshake with protein powder waffles with whip cream and fruit.

posted about 2 years ago
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