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Old 01-01-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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Feeding your AD loved one

There comes a time in your affected loved ones life where food is NOT going to be a priority. They will reject anything/everything, and leave YOU the caregiver feeling guilty (they're not eating .. what will I do?) and frustrated (but they liked this food LAST week .. what's wrong with it now?) and angry (just eat darn it .. just eat!!).

As we progress through out life, affected with AD or not, we lose taste senation in our mouth. However, our SWEET sense stays strong, and in our AD victim, is actually enhanced!!

There has been trials done, and proven that giving your loved one something sweet BEFORE dinner can actually enhance their appetite! This DOESN'T mean they fill up on sweets of course, but a small (and I mean small) bowl of something sweet 30 minutes before 'dinner' won't go astray and may help them want to eat more.

Cutlery becomes a bit too much for them, and although they know they are supposed to use cutlery, when it becomes frustrating for them they will cease using it and cease eating it .. so finger foods come in handy then. You could try using 2 spoons, but from personal experience, our loved ones KNOW they don't eat chicken parmigana with spoons so that can have some drawbacks ...

As our loved ones progress even further, you can try:
  • mashed potato and gravy in a cup.
  • Pureed fruit & juice in a cup
  • Custard

Here are some sweets that work for me ~
  • Jam Sandwich (USA call it Jelly I think?)
  • Bowl of custard
  • Pureed fruit & Yoghurt
  • Cream biscuit

And finger foods:
  • Oven baked anythings
  • Fish Fingers
  • Mini pies & quiches
  • Hot Chips (French fries but fatter)

I hope this helps some of our members, and if you have any ideas to jot them down here too.

Thanks~ Cheers

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Old 01-01-2007, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Feeding your AD loved one

I've never tried this but I remember someone mentioning this on the board a few years ago. The person (can't remember who it was-could it have been you, angelbear? maybe BarbaraH?) said they would use a food processor for everything. I can't remember but there were some clever suggestions of food combinations.

Here's something my dad loved when he had the nerve attacks in his face and couldn't open his mouth more than enough to put the tip of his index finger in.

1 mashed banana
milk (just enough to make it more like a drink)
sugar or honey (1/8 teaspoon or to taste)

Optional: cinnamon or another tasty spice to taste, a couple of crushed vanilla wafers, different fruits.

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Old 01-01-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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Re: Feeding your AD loved one

Oh yes, mashed banana is a firm favourite, just make sure the potassium in them doesn't interfere with any medications !!

We have 3 levels of food consistancy used in Australia ~

Full (normal)
Minced (lumpy but soft)
and Vitamised (pureed - very soft)

(sometimes the terminology is different, but that's the basic idea)

Minced diet is for someone who is having swallowing difficult, but only just. They can usually swallow normal fluids well.

Vitamised diet is for those who have pretty much lost the swallowing technique and are at high risk of aspiration anything that goes in the mouth. They also drink varying consistancy liquids too (called thickened - and trust me, it tastes disgusting)

That being said: Ice-cream is NOT a favourite, because it melts and turns into a liquid ... jelly isn't great either unless its REALLY mushed up and with custard.

I also thought of Sausages (sans skin), hot dogs (sans skin) and cut the crusts off sandwiches.

Soup is good, and it can be easily thickened by using breadcrumbs too. Just make sure all the lumpy bits are out.

I just thought of something else but it just went out of my head. I'll post again if I remember. Oh yes, I did .. those on a vitamised diet LOSE WEIGHT (guaranteed) so you will need to bulk them up in other ways (power milkshakes etc, full cream everything, butter on/in vegetables & mash potato)

Hugs & Cheers

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