A question of appetite

My father has Alzheimer’s and I can’t get him to eat the things he used to love. Every day is a battle to try to understand what he might agree to eat. Can you give me any advice? Sent in by B.G.Fruits and Veggies

Many medications for Alzheimer’s patients, especially if they have other medical concerns, can wreak havoc on their taste buds as well as their appetites. Talk to your father’s doctor and request a consultation with a nutritionist who can guide you. Unfortunately, what tastes acceptable one day might not taste as good the next day. Be patient and understanding. Offer a variety of options and remember he isn’t deliberately trying to be difficult.

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