Seeking Positive Pathways

Carol Waarala, MSW, LMSW, Certified Specialist in Aging & Dementia

Food for Thought: Nutrition & Hydration Challenges

food-for-thoughtAlzheimer’s and other types of dementia can make good nutrition a challenge. 90% of persons with Alzheimer’s lose weight. Those with late-stage AD are at risk for malnutrition due to problems with eating and swallowing difficulties.

This presentation looks at: Mealtime challenges for persons with dementia; Possible cause for not eating – including vision changes; Maximizing nutrition; Tips for increasing calories for poor appetites; Environmental changes to improve mealtime; Weight gain by eating too much; Dehydration; Foods that can lead to choking.

Mealtime is about way more than eating. “Mealtimes are one of the most important temporal anchors that people with Alzheimer’s have, marking morning, mid-day, and evening each day.” ~ Sue Coppola, Dementia Expert