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How to Maximize Nutrition for Dementia Care Patients


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By Shawn Turcotte
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Maximize Nutrition for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients

All of us should eat healthy meals. As a caregiver of a dementia patient, you know that proper nutrition is crucial to keep them strong and help with their disease. You may have noticed your mom’s behaviour has changed, or she has lost quite a bit of weight. If so, now is an excellent time to maximize nutrition in the meals you fix for her. A balanced diet and a little patience can help ensure your loved one receives exactly what he or she needs.

Give your Dad the best nutrition in a way that encourages him to eat. When you cannot be around, an Alzheimer’s caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care, West Edmonton will be happy to step in and assist. Our highly-trained, passionate personal support workers (PSW) understand your senior’s needs. They offer much needed support for you and your family with personal care, meals and nutrition, and light household duties.

7 Suggestions to Increase Nutrition Intake

It is possible that your aging parent has been put on a restricted diet or they may have trouble with ill-fitting dentures. You can take the following steps to help them get the nutrition they need:

  1. Start with a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. Include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods.  
  2. Reduce and limit those foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. We all need some fat, but too much is not a good thing. Choose healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado instead of butter.
  3. Cut down on foods with refined sugars. We all love sweets, but we don’t need to eat too many. Reduce your own and your loved one’s intake of processed foods and refined sugars. Offer healthier choices such as fruit or baked goods sweetened with juice.
  4. Keep foods with high sodium content to the minimum. Sodium affects blood pressure. You can reduce the salt used in cooking by including more spices and herbs. This can help your Dad’s diminishing taste buds.
  5. Limit distractions and keep things simple. An Alzheimer’s patient benefits from quiet time. Avoid having the television or other distractions on. Also, lessen distractions at the table by placing only what is needed to eat with.
  6. Serve only one or two foods at a time. It may be overwhelming for your mother if she is served all four courses at once. Instead, give her the mashed potatoes first, then the meat, and then the peas.
  7. Remain flexible with meal planning. Dad may love pasta on Monday but hate it by Friday. Dementia can affect his taste buds causing him to develop new food preferences and reject previous loves.

Get the Most Nutrient Mileage for Your Senior with Help from a Professional Caregiver’s Support

Eating with your senior doesn’t have to be frustrating. Instead, you and your loved one can benefit from the extra steps taken to increase their nutrient intake. A dementia care support helper from Home Instead Senior Care is available and ready to help with the day-to-day routine. We offer respite and memory care for you and your family. We also have many other resources to help you or your loved one stay in their home for as long as possible

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to request an in-home consultation. Don’t let Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiving duties affect your quality of life or your loved one’s comfort. Our personal support workers and staff are here to provide compassionate, quality senior care in your Edmonton home.

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