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Portable Foods and Dementia: What you need to know

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If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you may have noticed that meal times can be especially challenging for them. It’s common for seniors with memory loss to forget how to use silverware correctly, or feel the need to pace, making full meals at the dinner table difficult to execute.

Many caregivers have been singing the praises of portable finger foods for Alzheimer’s. (In fact, some studies have shown that seven out of 10 dementia patients’ nutrition improved after making the swap to foods that don’t require silverware.) 

Here are some recipe ideas that don’t require silverware, are portable for dementia sufferers who feel the need to pace, and, most of all, deliver necessary nutrition.

  1. Spinach Balls

    These tasty bites can be made in large batches and refrigerated or frozen for snacks throughout the week.  Their healthy dose of spinach makes them a good source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and B2. 
  2. Broccoli and Bacon Muffin-Tin Frittatas

    This great breakfast idea is easy to prep the night before. They’re a great source of protein, and adding broccoli also adds fiber, potassium, and folic acid. 
  3. Pork and Rice Cabbage Rolls

    This recipe puts a modern spin on an old Eastern European favorite. (So, if your mom or dad grew up eating halupki, this might be a fun one to try!) Lean, ground pork is a good source of protein, and cabbage is packed with vitamins like C, K, and B6. 

We hope that some of these portable, nutritious food ideas work for your family in your Alzheimer’s journey. Remember, by working with and adapting to the changes you see in your loved one’s behavior, instead of fighting against them, you can help their overall well-being. For more advise on caregiving and dementia, visit https://thehearth.net/blog/

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    Katie is Hearth Management’s Director of Marketing and Communications. She has seven years of experience in the senior living content management space, and has a passion for writing, research, and providing resources for seniors and their families.

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