Mar 12, 2010

Excellent Reader Comment Alzheimer's, Dental, Nutrition

"Ill fitting dentures are the center of our world here, and I have gone bonkers trying to find things Mom would eat".....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I continue to believe that one of the most important features on this blog are reader comments. I believe that Alzheimer's caregivers can benefit from the advice, insight, and tips that often appear in the comments below an article.

In addition, readers often talk about their day, experience, or how they are feeling at any point in time. Other readers take the time to respond.

I learned that it is impossible to know how you might be feeling at any given point in time as an Alzheimer's caregiver. Intra-day changes are not unusual. I find that the comments frequently give me a boost, or at the minimum remind me I am not alone.


Under the article -- Reader Seeks Advice -- Nutrition, Dentures, and Dental Care -- there are several reader comments that I believe are both important and helpful.

The one by CJ Wright got me thinking about the right now and the future.

CJ Wright wrote:
"Ill fitting dentures are the center of our world here, and I have gone bonkers trying to find things Mom would eat".
I admit I laughed (not at you CJ) when I read those words. If we had a nickel for every time we all went "bonkers" we could probably sponsor the research for the "big" treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

CJ then went on to share excellent tips on nutrition and protein. Not only did she mention the products she is using, she also described her methods of getting her mom to eat them, and how to prepare them. She mentioned how she divides one drink into 2-3 servings.

It was at this point that the light bulb went on in my head. I wondered if mom would have agree to drink the Citrate of Magnesia if I had broken it up into 3 small glasses rather then one big glass when I was in the dreaded poop-E war?

Something tells me that I will need to divide the food or drink into smaller portions at some point in the future.

Right now, mom eats like a horse. Sometimes I think she might try to eat the rug. I hope not. In the future, I am sure I will use CJ tips.

I see it this way. If and when the time comes I won't need to wrack my brain. CJ's comment puts me ahead of the curve.

I bet some of the readers on this list could benefit right now. You can read her comment under the article -- Reader Seeks Advice -- Nutrition, Dentures, and Dental Care.

Insight, advice, and sharing.

Maybe CJ should be writing a weekly column here on food, nutrition, and how to defeat some of the vegarities that come with Alzheimer's?

You can read more by CJ Wright at When Does the Glad Start: Caring for Alzheimer's.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room