Mom, who is 93 and has dementia, is now picking bits and pieces out of her meals. For example, she picks every piece or chicken and every noodle out of chicken noodle soup and leaves it on the side of her plate.....after asking for chicken noodle soup! Foods that she previously devoured and cleaned her plate are now being picked apart. Now, anything of a different texture, ingredients that are recognizable, are picked out and placed on the side. Or she will chew up certain foods and spit them out and leave on her plate. Sometimes entire meals are chewed up and spit back out onto her plate. For my perfect-etiquette Mom, this has become quite concerning, not to mention disturbing. When I ask why she didn't eat (for example) the chicken, she'll say 'I did', or 'I'm full'; neither of which is true, as she will ask for dessert five minutes afterward. We are struggling with this, as we put a lot of effort into asking what she wants to eat, preparing her meals and then having to deal with discarded food on her plates at nearly every meal. It has become almost like an eating disorder that is worsening. Even some of her favorite meals she refuses to eat anymore. She would live on sugar and junk food if we let her- I have tried making milk shakes with Ensure to try and get nutrition into her and she says 'I don't like that.' But she will eat ice cream with hot fudge and sprinkles all day long. Her home health care nurse has not been able to offer suggestions or offer any good advice, other than give her what she wants to eat, even if it is sugar and junk food. HELP!?