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Nutrition in Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

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Caregivers can use other techniques as well to get Alzheimer's disease patients to eat a healthy diet. For example, if the patient become easily agitated, reducing distractions during mealtime may help. The MayoClinic.com suggests using brightly colored plates and large utensils.

In some severe cases of Alzheimer's disease, patients may require a feeding tube. A feeding tube may help with nutrition and also prevents patients from breathing food into their lungs. This can be a very difficult decision for loved ones of the patient to make. The ]]>AGS Foundation for Health in Aging]]> notes that a feeding tube may not increase a severe Alzheimer's disease patient's lifespan: 20 to 30 percent of patients die within a month and 50 to 60 percent patients die within a year of getting a feeding tube.

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