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I cook healthy meals every day including foods my mom likes, but it seems as though it is getting harder to get her to eat my food. It has been almost 10 years now since my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She moved in with us summer 2013. What do you suggest I do? ~Sad cook
Dear Sad cook,
It’s important to ask WHY your mom isn’t eating your food. Is it really because she doesn’t like your cooking or is it due to other issues, such as the environment, the food’s texture, or because she needs queuing (prompts to eat) to get started? It’s very common for someone with Alzheimer’s disease in the later stages to change their eating habits for a variety of reasons. I’ve seen many cases where a loved one is asked if they’re hungry at meal times and they reply with a firm “no” even though they’re actually longing to eat. They were just unaware of their hunger due to the effects of brain deterioration. This is where queuing can help—prompting your mom to take just one bite may lead to her eating the rest of the meal on her own. It may feel odd to do this for someone who’s been eating on their own since they were a toddler, however, just remember that it’s often common for those in later stages to become confused about what to do with the utensils or food items placed in front of them. Put your detective hat on and find out the “why” behind your mom’s eating habits. Keep me posted…oh and keep up the great cooking! 🙂