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Make Mealtime Easier for Seniors with Dementia with these Tips


Poor or loss of appetite and pickiness are only some reasons that make mealtimes difficult for our senior loved ones. Add this to a dementia diagnosis, and the challenges increase tenfold.

Now their food choices are a matter of preference and something that they have no control over, such that convincing them or making compromises simply won’t work.

As a provider of a dementia program in Scottsdale, Arizona, ourselves at Hearts For Dementia Home Care, we know just how challenging mealtimes can be.

That is why we are sharing with you tips that we use ourselves in our senior placement services and dementia program in Maricopa County.

Here are ways you can make mealtimes easier for you and your senior loved one with dementia:

  • Serve only one or two foods at a time and do not overwhelm their plate all at once.
  • Limit distractions, turn off the TV and radio.
  • Keep the table setting as simple as possible.
  • Don’t pressure them; give them enough time to finish their meal.
  • Eat with them following their pace, keeping the conversation light to create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

Need more help? We offer caregiving training as part of our dementia care to make sure your senior’s needs will be met.

We also offer home care assistance in Arizona for your convenience. Get in touch with us now!

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