Enjoyable Meals: 5 Tips to Make Meals Appealing for Someone With Dementia
Weight loss is an all too common symptom for loved ones living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. What was once a time we looked forward to, has now turned into a stressful, uneasy, and daunting struggle. First and foremost, remember – it’s not their fault their appetite has diminished. Now, this doesn’t mean we should give up during mealtime, this means we just have to get creative. Making mealtime fun and colorful can turn a bland meal into an enjoyable time by doing these 5 things:
Yes, growing up we all heard “no desserts before dinner”, this rule is out the window! Sometimes, sweets are the only thing appetizing enough to your loved ones, so two servings of cheesecake is better than no food at all.
You can also make dishes more tempting by adding brightly colored vegetables or even a sweet touch. For example, instead of plain artichokes, add a dash of sugar – better yet, honey, agave or stevia! Transform a simple dish into a vegetable delight.
Pick Our Recipes Together
If your loved one is able and willing to help, look through family recipes, Pinterest or online recipes. This allows for “buy-in” on the meal plan, which means there is a higher possibility they will enjoy the meal as it promotes their decision making and independence.
Create a Home Cooked Meal
If you like to cook, some of your fondest memories growing up maybe in the kitchen. No need to change that now – embrace that love! Preparing a home cooked meal together is a fun and engaging activity that will stimulate your loved ones’ appetite during the process.
Sharing a meal together is another great way to bond and even build a stronger relationship. Try talking about some of your favorite meals as a child, or other warm memories you hold dear to your heart.
Be kind to your loved one and yourself, you are both learning to navigate a new life with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
“A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret” – unknown
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