Patients with Alzheimer’s disease progressively lose many of their skills, such as the ability to care for themselves. As the disease worsens, patients may have problems getting proper nutrition. In moderate Alzheimer’s disease, patients may have difficulty preparing their meals. With severe Alzheimer’s disease, patients cannot eat without assistance. Some of the complications of the disease can also affect nutrition.
MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, notes that Alzheimer’s disease patients may suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. So what can caregivers do to help with nutrition in late-stage Alzheimer’s disease?