- Encouragement can be a key element to a successful meal. Sit close and smile to get her attention. Give necessary directions in simple phrases to guide her to eat and drink at meals.
- Provide a comfortable atmosphere by checking room temperature, providing good lighting, and using comfortable chairs at the table. Encourage the person you are assisting to toilet before meals to increase their comfort, which will also increase appetite.
- Small frequent meals can sometimes improve nutrition problems due to nausea from medications or acid reflux. Five or six smaller meals can also contribute to an overall greater intake of needed protein, calories, and fluids.
- To help prevent constipation, provide a diet with plenty of fiber, including whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and fruit.
- Encourage drinking at least six to eight glasses of water, but remember that some persons with Alzheimer’s disease may need prompting, cueing, and/or encouragement to do this. (If a person is reluctant to drink water, offer fluid in other forms, or add a drop of ginger or a squeeze of lemon or lime to the water for flavoring.)
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