Eating problems

USMSHARON

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Hi, I have had Alzheimer's since 2019. Luckily I am still driving but my memory is getting worse. I find my biggest problem though, is with food. I don't really eat that much and there is very little I actually like. I have gone off most of the things I used to like as they just don't taste the same any more. I was just wondering if other people have this problem.
 

maggie6445

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I think my OH has this problem A lot of his once favourite foods he won't eat anymore. He says he does not like them . I find it difficult to give him food he enjoys as he'll say he enjoyed a meal and the next time I give him it he tells me he wasn't keen .
Sadly he's not able to tell me which food he fancies as he seems to forget the names of food now. Offering a choice of two leaves him looking blank and telling me to choose.
 

karaokePete

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Hello and welcome @USMSHARON

Unfortunately dementia does have an effect on the sense of taste and that's what gives rise to the infamous dementia sweet tooth as the sensation of sweetness is usually the last to be lost. My wife won't take her favoured hot drink without sugar these days. A staff nurse in a dementia specialist unit once told me that they even sprinkle a little sugar on food to ensure they are eaten.

I suppose it's a matter of including more sweet fruit and veg to ensure a diet remains healthy.

I hope this helps.
 

Neveradullday!

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once told me that they even sprinkle a little sugar on food to ensure they are eaten.
My mum now much prefers sugar sprinkled on her toast. I did persuade her a few years ago to eat wholemeal toast - this was a good idea as at least this gets her the daily recommendation of fibre.
KitKats/chocolate and quite a few polo mints are enjoyed by her every day. So the sweet tooth is definitely there. Luckily she eats her evening meal, and she is very healthy.
It is a big struggle getting her to eat vegetables now, but at least she likes oranges and peppers so vitamin C levels are fine.
 
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angelagail

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I was diagnosed with Alzheimers October 3rd 2023.

As regards food, my problem is I avoid using my gas cooker as I don't trust myself with it, having accidentally left it on a couple of times & being very concerned not just for my own safety
but also for my neighbour in the flat above me who has mobility issues.

I use my Microwave instead, or eat out or at friends when possible & am fortunate to have a Fish & Chip shop within walkable distance.

Even so, I've lost a lot of weight so I suspect am not eating enough because of reluctance to use the cooker but also due to loss of appetite,
which saddens me as I really used to enjoy my food.
 
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Grannie G

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Welcome @angelagail I hope you will find the forum helpful

Have you considered buying an air fryer or a portable electric hotplate? Either could solve your problem.



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angelagail

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Thanx for your helpful suggestions Grannie G & Nitram.

Am embarrassed to say that I do have issues with new technology as regards Air Fryers etc,
& I have a slow cooker but rarely use it for some unfathomable reason, probably because I can't be bothered if truth be told.
 

backin

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Thanx for your helpful suggestions Grannie G & Nitram.

Am embarrassed to say that I do have issues with new technology as regards Air Fryers etc,
& I have a slow cooker but rarely use it for some unfathomable reason, probably because I can't be bothered if truth be told.
Slow cookers are fantastic. Shove in food in the morning and you have a lovely meal to look forward to in the evening!
 

Grannie G

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That’s the problem @angelagail

I do understand how difficult it is to make an effort when you are not well. It`s not just dementia. I was ill recently and couldn’t be bothered to cook

Don’t be embarrassed. New technology isn’t easy to adjust to.

Loss of appetite will be a big contributory factor. If you have a poor appetite you won’t feel like making the effort even more.
 

maggie6445

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I'm sorry you fear using your cooker but how considerate you are of others and the danger to yourself.
How about and electric steamer to cook veg ,fish and chicken . Can also steam rice. I use my steamer daily. My steamer is timed so no forgetting to turn off. 😃
 

leny connery

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I second that, as meals cooked in slow cooker are just delicious, I just made osso bucco and the family loved it. You can 'be bothered' just to make one batch, eat one portion you can then portion ortion the rest in boxes and freeze for future meals.
 

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