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RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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4/10/13 3:05 P

I was a caregiver for my mom for 7 years. She had alzheimers and I moved in with her. I have to say that my shopping basket at the grocery store looked like a schizophrenic person was shopping. All good foods, but for me lots of fruit, veggies, grains, beans, low fat cheese, etc. For mom, full fat everything, including ice cream. When she started to loose weight I had to really bulk up her meals with high calorie items eg. mac and cheese, ice cream added to her ensure, etc. So while all the food I bought was healthy, I really had to cook separate meals. It worked fine once I figured it out.

4/9/13 8:15 P

This really depends on the medical situation and age of your mother.
Yes, there are older adults who "cannot" eat the amount of food to maintain a healthy weight---then there are nutrition supplements and recipe techniques to help boost calories in a small amount of food. Items like: Boost, Ensure, homemade milkshakes, Benecalorie to add to foods, adding dry powdered milk to foods, adding extra butter, oil, cheese, etc.

You may want to ask your doctor for a referral to meet with a Registered Dietitian for ideas.

I do this calorie boosting techniques daily for my 90 year old parents who are in unintentional weight loss mode due to age and dementia.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/9/13 7:49 P

Foods don't fatten. An excess of food fattens.

Mom doesn't need to eat anything in particular - she just needs to eat more volume of the healthy foods she does choose!

Just encourage mom to have bigger servings, drink some calories (juice? milk? protein shakes?), get lots of fruit, and include healthy snacks.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,765
4/9/13 6:27 P

Well I guess it's obvious that you can't eat the same things.

Do you live in the same house and share meals?
Is there a medical reason your mother needs to gain?

She could just eat larger servings. Or take a supplement like Ensure.

Good luck to you both.

LORIVIOLA SparkPoints: (143,013)
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4/9/13 6:04 P

gotta find a way to feed mom food that will fatten her up, without fattening myself up!

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