Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers

Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing and social times with family and friends. Many of our favorite experiences and memories—preparing and sharing holiday dinners with family members, celebrating birthdays and other life events with special meals, and getting together with friends for lunch or dinner, for example—involve eating and food. But as people age, their interest in eating and mealtime enjoyment can change.

This article provides advice on how to make mealtimes easier and more enjoyable.