Eat2think.com recently published practical tips on handling mealtime when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Life with Alzheimer’s means most everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, finding meaningful and safe activities, and mealtimes can be challenging. People living with memory loss struggle to separate memory from the physical state of present-day living. They can often become overwhelmed, agitated or distracted. For some, sundowning is also an issue, which can often correspond with the evening meal.
Click to read their 15 tips and insights to make mealtime more enjoyable. At The Memory Centers in Richmond and Virginia Beach, we employ several of them including minimizing distractions, providing a variety of choices, flavors and textures. Having a sense of humor while staying calm, comfortable, and reassuring is also helpful.
Click to read more about The Memory Center philosophy to residential memory care, or what a typical day is like here.