My mother has mild dementia and is forgetful. She also has a lack of smell/taste (I realized they go together). She has no appetite but willingly eats to stay healthy. I can feed her almost anything, fortunately. The doctor is considering her situation and is not sure she will ever get her smell/taste back.
As a side note, I suspect her memory might be part of the problem. Maybe this sounds odd, but I kind of think she's forgotten what some/most/all foods taste like. Is that likely?
Meanwhile, I do want to make eating more interesting for her. My husband and I now use a variety of colors and textures to make eating more interesting for her and that is working.
By accident, I discovered that she actually can taste some things. The other night, I gave her a piece of raw rhubarb. I was eating a piece and thought maybe she'd be able to taste something that strong. She sure could taste it. It's the first time she's ever spit anything out. She exclaimed loudly and said, "Don't ever do that to me, again!" Now, I know she can taste bitterness.
I'd known that losing some of your tastes doesn't mean you've lost all of them. However, does anyone have any advice how I can use that to advantage in making feeding her more interesting without making things too gross (no more raw rhubarb, for one!)?