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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:17 AM
Joined: 11/7/2022
Posts: 20

My mom (age 94, PWD) is eating so little that the NP put her on Periactin. I keep Boost on hand, but she refuses it. She used to have a sweet tooth but still hasn't wanted to even open box of Valentine's day candy! I want to make her a snack basket to keep on hand with *somewhat* healthy snacks that might appeal. Thinking peanut butter crackers, etc. She hasn't many teeth left (refuses dentures or partials) so they must be easy to chew. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm running out of ideas-
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:25 AM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 1575

Neither my mother nor MIL liked Boost-- and have you tried it?!?! Ick! One of MIL's in-home caregivers made her "'milkshakes" by adding ice cream to the Boost. Calories, and sweet. MIL enjoyed those for some time until she didn't. 

There comes a time when we may have to say, my LO is in her 90's, she can eat or not eat whatever she likes! 

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2022 6:59 PM
Joined: 11/7/2022
Posts: 20

Thanks...that's kind of where we are! I guess it's one of the last ways to kind of control something...I just hate to see her get so weak when she's already fall-prone. Broken arm last year, broken leg the year before, broken shoulder before that. My dad died from broken pelvis complications and it was such a grueling experience for him.
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:20 PM
Joined: 4/2/2018
Posts: 6667

Most like ice cream.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:52 PM
Joined: 8/24/2020
Posts: 288

Nuts have excellent nutritional value plus high fat content, if she can still chew those. 

I make my mom super-soft cookies that she likes and sometimes add ground nuts. 

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022 11:08 AM
Joined: 11/20/2022
Posts: 4

My dad loves hot chocolate, so we make that but use a mix of whole milk and a chocolate Ensure drink instead of water. he drinks it right down. He does not like Ensure (or similar drinks) cold because of the texture. If sugar is a concern, there are sugar free cocoa mixes too.
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022 11:28 AM
Joined: 10/2/2022
Posts: 23

Any nut can be ground into nut butter similar to peanut butter, if she likes nuts. For hydration purposes soups have been my go-to food. Any soup or stew could be blended for smoothness then you are not just using cream soups all the time.
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022 5:00 PM
Joined: 5/31/2022
Posts: 15

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I know you are limited in your choices because of the lack of the th. I heard that if you purée pb&j you get a peanut butter pudding like food that is palatable.
May flowers
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022 6:20 PM
Joined: 4/9/2021
Posts: 745

My FIL liked Ensure and any kind of snack bar with chocolate in it. He liked cliff bars, chewy granola bars, and nutrigrain. 

He liked everything with gravy on it - so we did white gravy on eggs and brown on potatoes. 

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022 9:47 PM
Joined: 11/7/2022
Posts: 20

Thank you, everyone.
caregiving daughter
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:14 AM
Joined: 11/27/2012
Posts: 2161

Memory care used to give my mom yogurt every day for this reason
Posted: Monday, November 28, 2022 11:44 AM
Joined: 11/16/2018
Posts: 96

I'm struggling to think of soft foods that can be left out:

Someone in another thread mentioned Jelly Drops, but those are more for hydration. Maybe good quality (ie, softer) Swedish Fish or similar?

Maybe check out "keto fat bomb" (savory or sweet) recipes on the internet? But substitute any artificial sugars with real sugar (artificial sugars can cause gastric upset). 

In general, here's what my mom really likes that's soft:

Loaded mashed potatoes, banana bread, ice cream, Cuties orange slices, finger sandwiches (chopped olive and mayo, liverwurst, turkey/avocado), green smoothies (any smoothie, really), eggs, my homemade salmon cakes.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 9:22 AM
Joined: 9/22/2021
Posts: 18

When my great grandmother refused to eat and couldn't keep weight on, my grandmother who was a nurse used to make her a daily "milkshake."  This consisted of Ensure, heavy cream, chocolate ice cream, and a banana blended together and put in a McDonald's paper cup with a lid and straw.  You could also substitute strawberry or other fruit.  The McDonald's cup made it seem like a special treat bought at a restaurant to Nana.
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 9:32 AM
Joined: 11/7/2022
Posts: 20

Thanks everyone: the Periactin WAS having amazing results. On Thanksgiving she was gobbling (no pun intended) the turkey and dressing! I couldn't believe the difference a week of that medication made. But today she thinks "someone told her not to eat" and won't eat. We begged her to tell us who said that and she said "the baker". I tried to tell her she probably just had a bad dream, but she is refusing to eat. So I guess the dementia can overrule the medicine at times.
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