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Tips for Helping the Person with End Stage Alzheimer’s dementia to Eat

Posted Dec 08 2013 2:12am

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During this holiday season there will be manfestive dinners. Friends, family and other loved ones will be joining together to celebrate life, the holidays, the previous year and a Happy New Year!

A festival of food and celebrations that remind us all of our loved ones with end stage Alzheimer’s dementia who can no longer chew, nor sometimes taste the savory flavor of a holiday dinner.

A liquid diet works well while the person with Alzheimer’s can still sip from a bottle or straw, as many health drinks provide multiple nutrients for those who can not chew. Ensure and others are super nutritious and most taste similar to a milk shake. But knowing how to suck on a straw or even swallow eventually evaporates from the memory as well.  

If your loved one can no longer chew nor suck from a straw you might be interested in the article below.

Lori La bey (the webmaster at Alzheimer’s Speaks) has written a fantastic article about feeding her own mother from a straw. With text and photos of the exact process, I refer to this article often when asked how to assist a loved one who can no longer chew.

Alzheimer’s – Feeding Tips for End Stages or Nonresponsives

By Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks and Senior Lifestyle Trends

My Mom, in her end stages of Alzheimer’s disease now has trouble sipping or sucking to get her fluid intake at times.  This doesn’t happen all the time but when it does I have learned one of the easiest ways to get liquids in her is to use a straw  kind of like an eye dropper.  I use an adjustable straw as seen in the photos. And you’ll also see pictures of Mom and I using this technique. Read More….

Source from : http://alzheimersspeaks.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/alzheimers-feeding-tips-for-end-stages-or-nonresponsives/

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With a juicer you can create the delicious flavors you prefer and add a few fancy flavors for your loved one’s very own taste buds. The Juicer below is compact yet powerful. And the video from You Tube shows you exactly how to use it.

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Homemade Vegetable Fruit Juice (Kid Approved Juicer Recipe)

If you already have a juicer, you might enjoy this video and the sweet recipe from this Mom. This homemade vegetable fruit juice has a nice blend of fresh fruits and vegetables. And you’ll also see the Jack La Lanne Juicer in action. It’s super easy to make and great if you’re trying new fruits and vegetables for a special flavor…

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I hope this has helped if your loved one is in end-stage Alzheimer’s. And, frankly, I was searching for a few more recipes for wonderful drinks that would be convenient for a straw. If you have a favorite fruit or vegetable drink–Let Us Know!

Use the Contact button above or feel free to share it in your comment! Thank You!

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