Eating and Dementia

People living with dementia often lose their appetite or may even forget to eat.

Encouraging people to eat can become a difficult task for a relative or carer.

That’s why Happy Days has created a collection of attractive prompts in nostalgic containers to help meaningful conversations around food and meal choices.

Rather than saying ‘lunch time’ or ‘tea’s ready’, try engaging in conversation about food beforehand to help stimulate appetite.

Using picture prompt cards and nostalgic images may help to encourage the person to eat.

Cooking bacon or baking can often stimulate the sense of smell and may be useful to encourage eating.

Suggest choices – show pictures and chat about favourites.

Make a list of favourite foods with the person you care for.


*please note – prompts related to various foods are intended to stimulate a persona and do not form the basis of balanced diet.

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