Some people with dementia may to refuse the foods or refuse to eat enough to stay healthy. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind:
In the late stages of dementia, the person may have problems chew or swallow . Talk to your doctor about an appropriate diet. At some point, it is likely that the patient needs a diet of only liquids or soft foods to prevent a drowning .
Experts point out that the foods and beverages that should be excluded from the diet of people with senile dementia are the stimulants (such as coffee, cola, or foods that contain caffeine because they excite the nervous system; sugary foods (In the same way, sweets, cakes or any type of food too rich in refined sugar produces an increase in blood sugar that can make these patients uneasy), and alcoholic drinks (In addition to being a strong depressant of the nervous system, alcohol reduces the capacity of neurons by decreasing nerve impulses between them, which worsens this disease).
People with senile dementia may have difficulty with the language and the communication , nutrition, memory and personal hygiene. According to the specialists of the National Institutes of Health of the United States, the problems related to food arise both because of their tendency to do without meals , caused by forgetfulness or by a loss of the senses of taste and smell, as by a growing difficulty in swallowing or ability to swallow food.
This type of patients, in addition to losing interest in food and water, have difficulty at control of the utensils so they are often unable to bring the food to the mouth .