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How can you ease dry mouth for someone with Alzheimer's disease?

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Remind your loved one to drink water, and:

  • Dunk breads, toast, cookies, or crackers in milk, hot chocolate, or tea to soften them.
  • Remind her to take a drink after each bite of food to moisten their mouth and help them swallow.
  • Add broth or sauces to foods to make them softer and wetter.
  • Offer sour candy or fruit ice to help their mouth make more saliva.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care: "Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes."

Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center: "Caregiver Guide."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutrition for Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care: "Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Assisted Living Residences and Nursing Homes."

Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center: "Caregiver Guide."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutrition for Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

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