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. Hootstoots

    Hootstoots Registered User

    May 18, 2015
    15
    Worthing,West.Sussex
    Hi all,does any one have any tips on getting Dad to eat?
    Mum tries to encourage him but is just seen as nagging,then in turn she isn't really eating either,she said the other day that he had done well as he had boiled egg and toast for dinner but then the next day he'd only had a packet of crisps,so had she.
    It's hard to watch so just wondered if anybody else has encountered this too?
    Thanks so much.
     
  2. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    Do either of them have the ability to cook? Would ready meals help?, they could have different things if they had a selection in a freezer. could they simply microwave them?

    Have you tried meals on wheels? delivered hot, read to eat, would either of them eat it?
     
  3. Hootstoots

    Hootstoots Registered User

    May 18, 2015
    15
    Worthing,West.Sussex
     
  4. Hootstoots

    Hootstoots Registered User

    May 18, 2015
    15
    Worthing,West.Sussex
    Thanks Nitram,that's great xx
     
  5. Amy in the US

    Amy in the US Registered User

    Feb 28, 2015
    4,623
    USA
    My mother went through a similar stage, although she had a complication with a thyroid problem that suppressed her appetite. Even after treatment for that, she still often said she wasn't hungry and wouldn't seek out food. She definitely stopped cooking for herself and would only eat snacks and a few ready-prepared items; I'm not sure, towards the end of her independent living, that she was heating frozen dinners (previously a staple in her diet).

    However, if we went out to eat, and food was placed in front of her, once she tasted it, she would generally eat well. I never quite figured out if it was because it tasted good or if the "social script" to eat in a restaurant was still intact, or what.

    I also found that as long as I sat across from her and continued to eat and drink, or at least make an appearance of it, she would mimic me and keep eating until her plate was empty.

    Now in the care home, she happily eats whatever is placed in front of her, and the staff know not to take "I'm not hungry" for an answer.

    This is a long answer to say, I agree with the other advice, see if you can arrange ready meals/meals on wheels.
     
  6. Hootstoots

    Hootstoots Registered User

    May 18, 2015
    15
    Worthing,West.Sussex
    Thanks Amy,all advice is gratefully received :)
     
  7. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
    66
    My MIL tends to do very well on soups. I make my own in a big batch & freeze them. I add extra calories by including cream, oil and butter. I also add lentils, beans or grains (amaranth is good as it's so tiny) for bulk. As long as the soup is blended smooth she'll eat loads!
    Also sloppy foods such as fish pie with lots of sauce. If you flake the fish it's very easy to eat.
    And cake.
    There's always cake.
    Somehow it's unaffected by any other eating issues!



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  8. Hootstoots

    Hootstoots Registered User

    May 18, 2015
    15
    Worthing,West.Sussex
    Haha! Yes any thing sweet,funnily enough doesn't count as food?!?!?! Dad is just the same,but he does like stews and soups so that is good thinking.
    Docs have told him he's pre-diabetic but at this point we're like,hey ho,just eat the fruit and ice cream Dad!! :p
     
  9. Lozzer

    Lozzer Registered User

    Jan 18, 2016
    7
    My mum in law wouldn't eat. I tried her with more spicy, tasty things like mild chilli, curry and herbs in stews. She loved them as she said nothing else tempted her as her taste had lessened. She also likes pea and ham soup, tomato and basil soup and prawn cocktail. She appears to have got her appetite back and I am slowly increasing the amount of food on the plate. It can all be frozen as well which helps me with my meal on wheels delivery. Ha! Oh and yes she has a sweet tooth and rice pudding and chocolate éclairs are favourites.

    When we eat out we look for the light bites and even the children's meals as the large portioned pub meals put her off so she eats even less.
     
  10. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,217
    Merseyside
    Welcome to TP :)
    My dad often complains he can't taste things.
     

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