How You Might Assist The Client With Eating If The Client Is At The Moderate Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease?

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How You Might Assist The Client With Eating If The Client Is At The Moderate Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease?

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Since the brain is involved in all aspects of eating, it follows that eating and nutritional issues are common for people with Alzheimer's disease. Some people may lose interest in eating, some may have issues with chewing and swallowing, and some may have difficulty feeding themselves. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to maintain a healthy diet and eating plan for an individual with Alzheimer's disease. Continue to encourage the individual to eat, even when it seems the person has lost interest in food. Offer foods that the person has always liked, and pick nutritious foods whenever possible. Involve the individual in the cooking process for the added sensory stimulation. Make eating easier for the individual by organizing the food, plates and utensils: Give only one food item at a time since a busy plate can be confusing. Try one course at a time, served on one plate or bowl. Pre-cut foods and finger foods are easiest to manage. For those individuals who have difficulty chewing and/or swallowing, make sure that food has been cut into small bites, make sure each bite has been swallowed before the next, and offer liquids and keep food moist. Also it is advisable to discuss this issue with the person's physician since eating issue could be reflective of dysphagia (swallowing problems), which can be life-threatening.