1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. badgergrey

    badgergrey Registered User

    Apr 9, 2015
    2
    West midlands uk
    How do I persuade my husband to eat and drink, when he is very distressed. Sometimes this goes on for days at a times.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,586
    Kent
    Oh dear that sounds so sad and such a worry for you.

    Would it help to leave food by his side and tell him its just in case he gets hungry later. On good days, does he eat well?

    Is there any medication suitable for him. Being distressed for days sound quite severe to me. Have you discussed it with the GP.

    I do hope you will find an answer.
     
  3. Essie

    Essie Registered User

    Feb 11, 2015
    566
    I would definitely discuss with it his GP - if he is of a good weight not eating for a day or two may be OK but not drinking will have bad consequences very quickly and it will only add to his distress and cause confusion/headaches/falls.

    As Grannie G said the GP may be able to prescribe something to lessen his distress and also, if thought necessary, prescribe some food supplement drinks (Ensure for instance) that are very high in calories to compensate if someone has a poor food intake - although the not drinking would still have to be addressed too.

    Good luck.
     

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