This is a wonderful forum and resource.
My father-in-law is in his 80s, and has dementia. My wife's family is caring for him at home.
I don't know the right thing to do. It seems very clear to me that my father-in-law is not enough calories. My in-laws are incredibly loving and devoted, but I have not been able to convince them that Daddy would benefit from eating more calorie-dense foods, like nut butters, or even just some fatty things like ice cream. Daddy has little energy, and is often listless and depressed. By my reckoning, he probably eats no more than 1200 calories per day.
How can I help? His dementia has left him severely mentally and physically disabled. Is it better to simply allow his life to fade? I don't believe in keeping people from a natural death.