How Much Should You Push to Get an Older Adult to Eat?
Dear Carol: My mom’s got dementia and has stomach-related issues, but even so, she needs to eat. I make her three nourishing meals a day and try to tempt her with healthy snacks like fresh fruit. Still, it seems what she really wants is ice cream and pudding, so she just picks at the rest. Having dementia shouldn’t make people hate nourishing food, should it? I hate to go to meal replacement drinks because they aren’t all that healthy, either. Any advice? – SO
Dear SO: This is a common frustration for caregivers, and much depends on why your mom can’t/won’t eat. Check with her primary doctor about her stomach problems in case there’s something that can be done to help. The physician who treats her dementia may also have suggestions. Even medical professionals…
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