Alzheimer’s disease eats away at enjoyment of food

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Imagine sitting down to breakfast and realizing your wife has no idea how to butter her toast. Or that your husband can’t identify that favorite pot roast dinner you’ve served.

When a loved one with Alzheimer’s begins to lose mealtime skills, it can be heartbreaking for family members. As the disease progresses, the sense of taste and smell is diminished and appetite decreases. It soon becomes difficult to recognize food items and to use utensils.

“People may not realize that for someone with Alzheimer’s it’s not what is seen, but what is not understood,” says Sarah Spaulding, spokeswoman for the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Denver. “Someone may see food on the plate, but have no idea what to do with it.”

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