Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Loss of Appetite

Considering that Muddear is already very small in stature and weight - less than 5 feet and under 100 pounds, I always worry when her appetite decreases.

For about the last two weeks, Muddear has exhibited a decrease in her appetite. Normally, not a breakfast eater, I am always concerned when she eats little or no dinner. For the past 5 years Muddear has taken medication to help increase her appetite; however, sometimes it just doesn't seem to work. I have read many articles about how patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease have a tendency to lose their ability to taste foods. In addition, the types of foods that typically retain the best flavor are those heavily laden with sugar.

With that in mind, there have been times when the doctor encourages the feeding of a lot of sweets to make sure Muddear is getting enough calories. My concern - is that really good for her health? Especially since I have read other reports that encourage caregivers to refrain from serving too many foods high in sugar. Sugar has been linked to sleeplessness.

So what is a caregiver to do? At this point we give Muddear 1 or 2 Ensures per day. Yet, I fear that it really isn't enough. Muddear is small and her food portions are even smaller. I would compare her food intake at any one meal to that of a 6-year-old.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. 


Anonymous said...

My husband has FTD. He lost down from 195 to 129 two years ago. He finally regained his appetite with ice cream mixed with Ensure (he did not like by itself. Finally a little Honey Baked Ham, Turkey and he gained back to 198. However, during the last six months the trend is returning. He is currently at 175, not bad, but only wants small portions and mostly sweets. I say let them eat whatever they want. He is in Assisted Living at this time. I could not deal with him and my Autistic daughter. Stay Strong and may God Bless.

Gail Gisehaltz said...

My dad has Dementia...he has always loved to eat everything and now the aid tells me it is hard for her to get any supper into his system...Sugar is bad for his diabetes...and mom is afraid of that important at this stage. Or should we chose healthy or foods which he will enjoy with salt and sugar...

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