Five Ideas for Convincing a Senior with Dementia to Eat Well

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Dementia causes changes in how your senior views her world and how she processes it. What she used to consider a healthy meal might be different now than it was before. The irony is that she needs to eat healthier foods more than ever now that dementia is part of her life.

Homecare Wooster OH - Five Ideas for Convincing a Senior with Dementia to Eat Well

Homecare Wooster OH – Five Ideas for Convincing a Senior with Dementia to Eat Well

Meal Planning Gets You Thinking about Nutrition

When you’re just trying to get any food into your senior, you might not be getting the healthiest options into her diet. With a little bit of time to plan and to account for foods and textures that she likes, you might find that you’re able to boost the nutritional value of each meal. You might also want to talk to her diet about whether she should be eating a specific diet.

Your Senior Needs a Little More Time to Eat

Rushing meals, especially when your elderly family member has dementia, can have a pretty disastrous effect on her desire to eat. She needs to have plenty of time to adjust to the idea that it’s time to eat. Then she needs time to actually get started eating. Chewing might take longer, too. All of this adds up and meals might run a little longer than you expect if you’re not prepared.

Calmer Meals Might Mean More Eating

If meals are complicated, noisy, and full of distractions, your senior might not be able to concentrate on eating. Simplify mealtime and make meals a much calmer experience and you might find that your senior is able to eat a little bit more each time. Televisions, loud family members, and even conversation that keeps her talking might all be problems during meals.

Smaller, More Frequent Meals Can Be More Beneficial

Focusing on larger meals can miss a big point. Your senior’s attention span might not be able to tolerate a large meal. Also, if chewing and swallowing are difficult for her, that’s a lot of extra work all at once. Her stomach may feel better when she’s eating smaller meals, too.

Eat with Your Senior

Solitude and nutrition really don’t go that well together. Your elderly family member might feel calmer and happier if you sit down and eat with her. It’s understandable if you’re not able to do that with every meal, though. Homecare providers can help to make meals for your senior, ensure that she eats, and provide company for her all at the same time.

When your elderly family member is getting the nutrients that she needs, it’s going to be easier for her body to keep her as physically healthy as it can. The changes that come from dementia might keep her from making these decisions for herself, but you can give her the extra assistance she needs.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.