Your Guide to Nutrition and Alzheimer's Disease

It is common for those with Alzheimer’s disease to lose interest in food. They may forget to eat, they may simply not wish to prepare meals anymore, or they may forget about eating healthy foods. As the disease progresses, a resident in an Alzheimer’s care center also requires help with feeding. If your loved one with Alzheimer’s has been displaying a poor appetite or has lost weight unintentionally, it is time to start thinking about an increased level of Alzheimer’s care at an assisted living location.

Senior Woman Eating Healthy Salad

Balancing Meals
Providing balanced meals is a top priority for those who work in an Alzheimer’s care center. Each resident should receive a well-balanced mix of healthy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Low-fat dairy products and lean proteins, such as fish and nuts, are also essential. Since many residents in their golden years have problems with high blood pressure, a good diet for Alzheimer’s also limits sodium intake. While a person’s intake of refined sugars should be limited, sometimes adding a little extra sugar is helpful if the resident loses his or her appetite.

Addressing Poor Appetite
In addition to adding a little extra sugar now and then, Alzheimer’s care specialists will seek to address loss of appetite by determining the underlying cause. For example, the resident may benefit from getting new dentures that fit better or the resident may need some daily exercise.

Correcting Weight Loss
When a resident at an Alzheimer’s care location has lost too much weight, he or she may require nutritional supplementation. This may take the form of additional snacks between meals or supplemental drinks.

At Avalon Residential Care Homes, your loved one will receive three nutritious and delicious meals a day, along with healthy snacks and nutritional supplements. We welcome family members and other guests to dine with their loved ones. If you would like to visit our Alzheimer’s care locations the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, call us at (214) 752-7050.