My mother has lewy dementia and we are having a hard time getting her to eat and drink.

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HI MY MOTHER HAS LEWY DEMENTIA AND IT IS A BATTLE TO GET HER TO DRINK WATER OR ANY FLUIDS AND EATING IS BECOMING A BIG PROBLEM. SHE THINKS THERE ARE THINGS IN HER FOOD AND IF SHE TAKES A COUPLE SIPS OF LIQUIDS SHE FEELS FULL SHE SAYS. IF WE WERE TO GIVEV HER SODA JUNK FOOD AND SUGAR SHE WOULD EAT THAT I'M SURE, GETTING HER TO EAT HEALTHY IS AN ISSUE. SHE DOES NOT EVEN DRINK 8 OZ OF WATER A DAY, IT IS A STRUGGLE TO GET HER TO EAT OR DRINK. SHE IS ON MEDICINE FOR THE DEMENTIA, ALSO SHE HAS LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS BECAUSE OF THIS WHAT CAN WE DO

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Also, her doctor may be able to prescribe something to deal with that "I'm full" feeling. My husband took something for a while when he was losing weight so rapidly and feeling full/nauseated when eating very little.

It is important to discuss all symptoms and behavioral changes with the doctor.
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My husband has Lewy Body Dementia. After 30 years of following a heart-healthy diet, we are now on a happy-eating diet. He wants it and he can swallow it, he gets it! He likes non-cola softdrinks and v-8 juice and fruit juice. I don't worry about water. He has a beer or wine occasionally. When I shop for frozen treats I read the labels and get the richest, highest-calorie little goodies on the market! Hubby also likes milk shakes, to which I often add an envelope of Carnation Breakfast Essentials or a bottle of Boost.

My advice: give her soda and junk food and sugar. (It doesn't sound like swalowing per se is an issue at this point ... it is more about paranoia or not wanting the food, right?) Hope you can sneak a little nutrition in now and then. If/when she is ready for more subtantive meals, the so-called Mediterranean is what is generally recommended in the LBD world. But no diet is good for you if you don't eat it, so the first goal, in my mind, is to get some calories an fluids into Mother.

Good luck!
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When your LO can no longer swallow you can add thicket to a favorite liquid like lemonade and freeze it on a teaspoon. They can suck on it like a Popsicle without choking on a thin liquid.
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