Cool Foods for Summer Eating

I recently read an article about cool foods recommended for summer eating.  Among these were watermelon and cold fruit and cucumber soups.

What if your Alzheimer’s patient doesn’t like these foods?  Even though we children loved watermelon, my mother didn’t like it.  I’m not sure why other than her saying it gave her indigestion. 

So consider the Alzheimer’s patients’ likes and dislikes when serving foods.  I discovered that Mother carried this taste distinction right through her last years. 

One evening, when I visited and the aide was feeding her (Mother was past the self-feeding stage), my mom kept spitting out her supper.  I asked what it was.  The aide informed me it was tuna casserole.

“Mother never liked tuna,” I said.  “Try feeding her some of the canned peaches.”

These were to Mother’s liking and she ate every bite.  So some patients are discerning even when they can’t communicate in words.

Let the nursing home know of food likes and dislikes, as well as allergies.  This will help them in planning his/her meals.

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