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.
One question that I’ve seen members of this Alzheimer’s community often ask involves feeding a loved one with Alzheimer’s. As dementia takes over a loved one’s mind, it also can – and probably will – take over the person’s ability to swallow, causing families to face the gut-wrenching decision about whether to insert a…