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Increased Appetite & Incontinence
How can I control the incontinence and the increased appetite? There are days when I give her instructions to put something back (after she had a meal) where she found it or to leave certain things alone, but she completely ignores me and she definitely doesn't have a hearing problem. Any recommendations would be helpful.
I have heard of excessive eating as part of the brain damage associated with AD. I would do some research + find out whether there are meds that can help with this problem. Putting food where it is out of sight, or locked up may help in the meantime
Others may have suggestions on containing elimination.
The disease can cause lack of awareness of signals of satiety. Coupled with the PWD truly forgetting when they last ate, I agree with terei, don't leave food out between meals and snacks. Maybe even cabinet locks? My LO would eat to the point of feeling sick if allowed unrestricted access to food, after he lost the ability to track time. The medication mirtazapine can increase actual feelings of hunger.
You can't control incontinence, but there are plenty of posts here about helping the person manage it, getting on a toileting schedule, etc.
There were some foods I had to stop buying because DH would gorge to the point of getting sick. I guess I could have locked them up somewhere, but easier to just not buy.
Telling them no, giving “instructions” or even telling them that it makes them sick, does not work. It’s a waste of your energy. Their brains are declining, they cannot understand that anymore. It’s not a matter of hearing, it’s that their brain does not work right.
Someone else mentioned the drug, mirtazapine, that also hugely increases appetite, just in case that’s involved. (Some facilities give it to residents who need to eat more and may benefit from its other effects)
There are lots of tips here about how to deal better with incontinence, look through both the caregiver and spouses boards.
As for the leaking diaper, I have seen other posts for better adult diapers that they buy online when they were having leaks, maybe search some of the other incontinence posts.