Monday, June 9, 2008

Alzheimer's Disease and Poor Nutrition

Poor nutrition is often found in Alzheimer's Disease patients because of many contributing factors.
Your loved one may have problems with their teeth or gums, a medication may be reducing their appetite or they might be having swallowing problems. Mechanical problems also begins to show up where they forget how to pick up the food or how to get it to their mouths.

It is better to serve foods that are easy to handle.
Below you will find a list of suggested foods

1. Nutritional shakes
2. Scrambled eggs
3. Puddings
4. Cooked vegetables and fruits, pureed or mashed
5. Small finger sandwiches
6. Fish sticks
7. Half inch pieces of meat or cheese
8. Soups


Avoid foods that are prone to cause choking in AD patients

1. Hot dogs
2. Nuts
3. Grapes and cherries
4. Chips and crackers
5. Candy
6. Toffee
7. Chewing gum
8. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are diuretics and will dehydrate the patient
Every 6 oz of coffee or alcohol requires an additional 10 to 12 oz of water to
rehydrate

9. Acidic foods brings your body into a degenerative state


As the condition of an AD patient worsens you will find it difficult to get them to eat and often times refuses to open their mouths.When this happens you will have to resort to feeding them with a cup with sipper or straws.
Give them lots of water to drink to flush out their kidneys and bladder and to neutralize the acid in the body

1 comment:

David Tal said...

Protein is a great brain food! Makes sense that it would be good for Alzheimer’s based on what I know about how much it can help develop the brain in general.

Alzheimer Clinic