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How can you keep someone from Alzheimer's disease from becoming constipated?

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Some Alzheimer’s medications can cause constipation. It can also happen if someone doesn’t eat or drink enough. Make sure your loved one:

  • Gets plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in her diet. These are great sources of fiber, which can help curb constipation.
  • Drinks enough water and other fluids.
  • Stays active. Exercise can help get things moving in the bathroom, too.

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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