How the aged can enjoy food again

Read all about it: Co-authors Prudence Ellis and Peter Morgan-Jones are excited to launch their new cookbook aimed at people living with Alzheimer's disease. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Read all about it: Co-authors Prudence Ellis and Peter Morgan-Jones are excited to launch their new cookbook aimed at people living with Alzheimer's disease. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

MEAL times promises to be more pleasurable for people living with Alzheimer's disease following the launch last week of a cookbook at HammondCare's Braeside Hospital.

Don't give me eggs that bounce: 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer's by Peter Morgan-Jones, Emily Colombage, Danielle McIntosh and Prudence Ellis is aimed at providing people with dementia and those who have eating difficulties with nutritious food ideas.

Recipes in the book cover the main meals of the day, as well as dessert, drinks and mid-meals for those who often cannot eat a larger meal.

Each recipe has been carefully analysed and tested, as well as being deemed clinically appropriate.

Co-author and practising speech pathologist at HammondCare's Braeside Hospital, Prudence Ellis, said the book provided advice on nutrition for older people, suggested meal times for people with dementia and provided information regarding people with swallowing difficulties and how to prepare and present nutritious meals.

"I love this book for providing fantastic opportunities for people who otherwise don't get them, such as one of my patients who has told me that they have stopped eating smooth-pureed food because ittastes horrible and they didn't know how to make it," she said.

"This is someone who could choke or aspirate on normal food.

"I showed them the book and spoke about how much better smooth-pureed food can be, and their hope was restored, which shows how important it is for young people with swallowing difficulties to have access to better food."

Carers are also offered time-saving techniques, easy options and a chapter on caring for the carer included.

Don't give me eggs that bounce: 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer's was published by HammondCare Media and costs $39.95.

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