Alzheimer's / Dementia

9/12/2019 | By Seniors Guide Staff

Our occupational therapist with Galberth Health would like to share a few tips to help improve dining with dementia, and how to improve the experience for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

1. Minimize Distractions

Adjust noise levels and visual disturbances so that there is less competing stimuli during mealtime.

2. Simplify the Setting

When dining with dementia, remove “busy” linen and/or tableware that will not be used for that particular meal. Serve one course at a time so they are not overwhelmed with options.

3. Allow Extra Time

Cueing may be needed throughout the meal but do not rush them to finish as this may upset them and decrease overall intake. Instead engage and join in on meal so that they may simulate your eating behavior.

4. Identify Personal Challenges

Do their dentures fit properly? Are they seated correctly? Can they see their food? Can they hold their utensils? These questions may prompt consultations with healthcare professionals which could include their MD, optometrist, dentist or occupational therapist.

Dining with dementia (or individuals with dementia) doesn’t have to be impossible – especially if you plan ahead!

Seniors Guide Staff

Seniors Guide has been addressing traditional topics and upcoming trends in the senior living industry since 1999. We strive to educate seniors and their loved ones in an approachable manner, and aim to provide them with the right information to make the best decisions possible.

Seniors Guide Staff