Eating problems in people with Alzheimer's can be due to a decreased appetite, memory loss or trouble swallowing. If your loved one is having trouble swallowing, there are signs, such as a moist cough, that can signal it's time to see a specialist. If your loved one is forgetting meals, has problems with utensils or has a decreased appetite, there are ways to encourage your loved one to eat. Making their favorite foods, finger foods, bigger utensils and showing them how to eat can help them.
For people with Alzheimer's disease, urinary tract infections (UTIs) can present particular difficulties. Later stage Alzheimer's disease is associated with increased difficulties in communication. Therefore, someone with a UTI, might be experiencing pain and discomfort yet be unable to articulate this. However, sudden changes in behavior, such as…