For people with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia who have difficulty holding or using utensils, adaptive dining equipment such as plate guards and silverware with specially designed handles may be helpful for them to feed themselves independently. Encourage independent eating if your loved one is able. Consider serving finger foods that are easier to handle and eat.
Some symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including confusion and lack of energy, can be worsened by poor nutrition. Be sure to provide your loved one with a nutritious diet and plenty of healthy fluids, such as water or juice. Red plates and utensils may help stimulate their appetite to eat. Don't force feed, but do encourage your loved one to eat.