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My dad has dementia, but was always a healthy eater. Then....OVERNIGHT....he started refusing food and staying in the bed. He just had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his lower intestine, but should resume eating normally, yet he has not. Any advice to entice his appetite back?

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We tell my dad yogurt is pudding, and he loves it! Good for him and easy to get down.
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We tell my dad yogurt is pudding, and he loves it! Good for him and easy to get down.
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Surgery can really do a number on elders and especially those with dementia. Maybe a younger healthy person would be back eating by now, but it is not surprising that your father isn't. The softer foods, maybe with a sweet appeal to them, as blannie suggests, might help through the transition until he feels more like his old self.
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Will he drink? Make him smoothies in the blender which can have a lot of good stuff in them (fruit, milk of some sort, even protein powder). Can you see if he'd eat something like a milkshake or applesauce or ice cream - softer stuff, easier to eat and swallow and see if that would work as a start.
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