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My 75 year old mother has Alzheimer’s and won’t eat. What do I do?


Question:  My 75 year old mother has Alzheimer’s and won’t eat. What do I do?

Dr. Amy: It is not uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s to experience a change in appetite. There are many reasons why this might happen, including depression and difficulty with the mechanics of eating. I encourage you to take your mother to the doctor for an assessment. At the same time, the Alzheimer’s Association is an excellent source of information. If you have not done so, I encourage you to check out their website at They can also refer you to resources near to where you live. I would also refer you to a very good article by the UK Alzheimer’s Association on eating and drinking.

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  1. March 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Posted by ciara parks

    my mother, act like she are afaird of food of drink. sometime she well, for breakfast, but not lunch.


  2. April 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Posted by Beth Fullerton

    There are appetite stimulants available for Alzheimer's pts.. And finger foods are usually accepted better than knife and fork:broccoli spears carrots orange/ banana slices bacon toast cut in Q's with egg slices or egg on top - scrambled etc .hi calorie low volume shakes are good too packed with protein and nutrients- 1/2 can of choc ensure with scoop of choc ice cream- blend and serve as snack or chocolate instant pudding mix and 3 cups of milk instead of 2 cups.-try 2/3 cup at a time. The human brain deteriorates naturally; and hunger is not felt as often. Small portions of food are better tolerated. The best to you & your loved one!


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