Momma has a good appetite. She enjoys fresh fruits and veggies, and a piece of chocolate will make her smile. (Who doesn’t feel that way?) She lives with mid-stage Alzheimer’s, and making sure she has good nutrition is important.
Many times Momma will have a meal with me, and I will send home leftovers. These leftovers are placed in the refrigerator where they live until they grow green stuff. Momma forgets they are in the frig. She will open the frig to get something to drink, see the leftovers, but the thought process needed to retrieve the food and eat it never happens. Thinking about this problem, I decided to forgo the refrigerator.
Each day I arrive at Momma’s home at Agape Assisted Living, and I prepare a plate of fresh fruits, sliced veggies, a scoop of peanut butter, and a hidden piece of chocolate. Throw in a few whole wheat crackers, and Momma has a wonderful meal/snack ready at her fingertips. The key is this—I leave this food on the counter under a colorful see through screen. When she looks at the kitchen counter, she sees the food, and she eats it. ALL of it!
Eating healthy is important during our entire life. Once Alzheimer’s enters our world, we still need to eat healthy. Make sure to keep healthy snacks available and at the fingertips of your loved one. Don’t hide those healthy snacks in the refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. Your loved one may not remember to retrieve them. Place the snacks on the counter in a bowl where they can easily be seen and consumed.
It’s an easy fix, and I hope that gives you Something to Ponder.
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. Through her not-for profit company, Senior Life Journeys, she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia. She also wrote the best seller If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? It tells of the amazing miracle that caused her to lose 100 pounds. You can follow her blog—Something to Ponder—at www.seniorlifejourneys.com.