For those folks needing some added nutrition.... Carnation Instant Breakfast ( in cereal aisle) has powdered packets to add to your milk, that has all the goodies of Boost, but for a fraction of the cost. It comes in several flavors, and I find it much less “syrupy”! You can get it in High Protein too. Best place- Walmart. He rejects meat now, sometimes spits out chunks of chicken into his bowl. Then I give him a shake. Use whatever milk you normally buy.
You might have a bunch of snacks around. When that would happen with my husband I would bring him a nutritious snack and apologize that “supper” wasn’t quite ready yet. He would feel he had been listened to, but wouldn’t make the connection I wasn’t cooking. In the later stages my husband couldn’t eat a big meal so I left small bowls of food out and he would graze. He was getting food and there was no mealtime battles. I learned to go with his reality, not the real reality and it was easier on both of us. Good luck!
There are days when my wife will eat a lot and days when she doesn't. I can tell you it is certainly disheartening to prepare a wonderful meal and have her totally ignore it. Her weight began to fall and our Neurologist said don't let her weight fall below 100. So I came up with a plan. Every night after dinner when watching TV, we would have a treat. I make her a milkshake. In it I put "boost", a banana, chocolate syrup, protein powder, creatine, peanut butter and loads of vanilla ice cream. It's is absolutely delicious, she drinks it and I think It's about 700 - 800 calories. Her weight was up 4 pounds at the last doctor visit.
I notice two common trends in many of the responses: 1) as ALZ progresses, many patients have difficulty swallowing. Switching to smoothies, breakfast drinks or pureed soups offers a simple way to reduce the swallowing problem while still providing nutritious meals; 2) many ALZ patients struggle to use common eating utensils. Forks are the worst, spoons are better, but fingers are best. Providing nutritious, easy-to-eat snacks increases the likelihood they will be eaten, particularly if the patient can snack when they want.
I can use both of these “lessons” in my wife’s care. Thanks to all who contributed.
Dry food is very hard for us to swallow. Sweeten it with a bit of jam or whatever and it's easier to get into us. Avoid sour and bitter, for us those flavors are magnified! I still drink diet coke with the blessing of my husband and my Doctor. I kept a log for a year and track the days I drank it and the days I didn't and it showed very well the days I did not drink it I was pretty much a zombie. For some reason it works. I mentioned it to a few other people and it has worked for them also. I know it gets a bad wrap but for some reason it does help. Maybe some scientist could figure out why. Also smaller meals and more frequent - like small meals and snacks are what work for me. I can no longer eat a full meal and keep it down. So I eat small amounts 4-5 times a day. Hope this helps.
Hugs to all!
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