While my grandma was aging (she lived to 97!), getting her to eat was incredibly difficult. There were a few things that did help her:
1. Having someone feed her VERY small mouthfuls - I mean like 1/2 teaspoon at a time. (She was more likely to eat if my mom or I fed her than if a nurse did.)
2. Only showing her little bit of food at a time. (When she saw too much food, it just overwhelmed her and she couldn't eat.)
3. Eating icecream (always a favorite with her!) and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without crusts really helped. Also, there are nutritional drinks, like Boost or Ensure, which she enjoyed.
4. Not forcing her to eat on our schedule. Towards the end of her life, she had more and more trouble eating, so my family only encouraged and offered food. Sometimes she ate, sometimes she didn't. Sometimes we had to wait a few minutes and then ask again.
I hope that maybe some of my family's experiences can help.
- 3/21/2010 4:58:53 PM