Top Ten Tips for Improving the Dining Experience for Persons with Dementia

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 1, 2018 10:00:10 AM

Although persons living dementia may have challenges with eating, such as chewing, ability to taste or smell food, or remembering how to eat, the dining experience can have a tremendous effect on their socialization, how much they eat and if the time they spend eating is enjoyable or frustrating.    Improving the dining experience is certainly possible, whether in a community-based setting, a hospital in the home or even in a restaurant.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Mealtime, Eating, Dining

Have you Heard of Dementia Friendly Purple Table Reservations?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 2, 2018 11:39:15 AM

I just learned about the Purple Table Reservations program and was beyond excited to learn and share with my readers.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Dementia Live, dementia friendly, Dementia Friendly America, Purple Table Reservations, Dining

Please Don't Forget the Hot Fudge Sundae... and other Dining Tips

Posted by Pam Brandon on Oct 20, 2017 10:25:07 AM

As my mother's Parkinson's Disease progressed,  it was very apparent that food and the mealtime experience became more important to her.  So much so, that I remember saying "Mom's still finds joy in yummy food".  That said, her "yummy" was not always the healthiest, but we wanted her to be happy.  We knew that healthy foods were important, but probably not as important  as the joy of witnessing her with excitement dig in to a chocolate fudge sundae with extra whipped cream.  Now THAT was a  quality dining experience!

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Senior Care, leadership, activities, Mealtime, Eating, Dining, older adults, Joy

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