Tips to Make Mealtimes Easier for Seniors with Dementia
Loss of memory, poor memory, issues with judgment, and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, can make eating right or maintaining a healthy mealtime schedule significantly more difficult for our senior loved ones with the condition.
- Serve only one or two foods at a time
If there’s one thing we know as providers of dementia care, it’s that our senior loved ones with the condition get easily overwhelmed with many choices on their literal plate. Start easy so they can get used to them, serve dishes one at a time.
- Limit distractions
It is usually not a good idea to let them eat while listening to the radio or watching TV as this may distract them from finishing their meals and losing their appetite. On that note, avoid preparing a full table setting, too. Keep it as simple as possible. Place only what is needed.
- Don’t hover; give them enough time to finish their meal
You can still encourage them by following their pace, making sure to keep the conversation light to create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
We hope the above tips helped! For more like these, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Seasons Alzheimer s Care and Assisted Living.
We are an Alzheimer’s assisted living in San Antonio, Texas providing assisted living services in a comfortable, home-like environment through a holistic approach to the mental, social, emotional, and physical needs of our residents.