suggesting we put her on Zenpep. After looking at the possible side effects I wonder is this is a good idea??
I cannot figure out why he would suggest that at all. I don't see it solving the problem. People with alzheimers are very tricky to get to eat, and of course they lose weight. Its part of the disease. There are a few tricks you can use. Give her things she really likes, and things she can put in her mouth herself. Make sure its a texture she can handle, and use sugar. Sweet is the last of the taste senses to go and many times people won't eat because they can't taste anything but sweet. I've used sugar on meat, veggies, potatoes, anything. It also adds some calories. Also offer something like boost shake or pudding. Things like medication for appetite seldom work because its not an appetite problem but a cognitive one.
I definitely agree with kaismama. Unfortunately this is something that happens in late Alzheimers. I have seen people who forget how to swallow. They will put food in their mouths and chew then take it out and set it on the side of their plate. Alzheimers is just such a sad disease! If you do not have advanced directives in place and you do not want her on tube feedings, get documents to that effect especially if she is in long term care. Like Kaismama states, sweet taste is one of the flavors they CAN taste right up to the end and will often drink Ensure or boost which will give them nutrition and fluid.
- Zenpep Information for Consumers
- Zenpep Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zenpep (detailed)
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