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The Importance Of Mealtime For Those Living With Alzheimer’s

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease it is important to understand the dietary needs and mealtime changes that need to occur to ensure a safer, more enjoyable quality of life. Mealtime means more than a balanced diet, as it is a key component of daily living providing a routine and socialization. For someone newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and in the early stages, mealtime is a good time for socialization, with slight modifications.  For example, rather than having a dinner party at a busy restaurant with 12 people, an intimate gathering of 4 – 6 at someone’s home would be more enjoyable. This would also be a good time to start a mealtime routine. Evening time can become a time of anxiety and aggression in those living with Alzheimer’s.  Late meals can add to this and act as a trigger for unpleasant behaviors, so it is recommended that the largest meal of the day be midday.  Evening time should consist of a light snack, making it easier to sleep through the night. As the disease progresses to the moderate stage, it is necessary to increase taste, texture and color of the meals.  Bright colors from fruit and vegetables add interest to the plate, and smoother textures can ease swallowing. In addition to daily scheduled activities, mealtime is a great time for social interaction.  Eating in small groups consistently will provide comfort and familiarity and having a constant dinner partner can also be beneficial. Those living with Alzheimer’s like to feel as though they are contributing. Washing vegetables, splitting green beans, folding napkins and setting the table are examples of...

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Welcome to our first blog entry! I hope you like the new web design, thanks to DHL Creative. There are lots of new and exciting things going on at The Cottages. We have launched our NEW website, which has added features like location-specific information and reviews, as well as this blog and a photo gallery. Also, we have just finished the renovation of our Amarillo location, making it a state-of-the-art residence with luxury finish out, and always, quality care. Photos of our renovation are coming soon and will be shared here first! And, we are closer to our opening of our NEWEST location in Frisco, Texas. Stay tuned for pictures of our progress. Come back for the latest, up-to-date information and news from The...