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Alzheimer's Weight Loss

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Tracy Dunne, PhD & researchers from Boston Univ. did a study on 9 men with advance Alzheimer's. They found that the participants that ate off of contrasting tableware ate 25% more than those who ate off of white and stainless steel settings. Not only did they eat more they drank 84% mor liquid!

They explain the reason behind this is that poeople with Alzheimer's often have vision problems and this leads to eating difficulties & depression. 40% of severe Alzheimer's patients suffer from significant weight loss.

The color of the tableware doesn't seem to effect how much is eaten or drunk. The theory is that brightly colored tableware helps them see a visual contrast & distinguish a diffenence from food & their plate.


My grandmother had Alzheimer's we had a problem with her weight loss & getting her to eat. Then one day a Rest. Aide & friend ask me if I knew why she would not eat. I could guess but was surprise to learn her answer. It was like when she told me I was Duh, how dumb could I have been not to know this :roll: She told me that my grandmother no longer knew what silverware was. We always say sit down & eat use you fork etc.. She didn't get it. Once we introduced more finger foods into her daily diet we saw a difference.


Share this info. with the Dietary Mgr. in your facility too. Or you could use these tech. not tell anyone & show them how you the Act. Dept. can get them to eat :-D

Anyway just thought I'd share this w/ all of you. P

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