Huntington’s disease and elderly care advice: bulk up your diet

April, 2013

When providing care for elderly people, especially those who are suffering from a degenerative disease like Huntington’s, we know it can be tough. We also know that when it comes to the plethora of debilitating illnesses out there those providing home care for elderly people might not always know what’s best.

That’s why at the Sandwich Generation we aim to furnish you with elderly care information across a broad spectrum of categories, to assist you in your elderly care help.

This week we’ve been discussing the hereditary disorder, Huntington’s disease and the appropriate diet for sufferers. As discussed earlier today, people with Huntington’s disease usually need a much higher calorie intake than normal.

If a member of your family is suffering from Huntington’s disease them you can help them bulk up on those extra calories by introducing the following additions to their diet:

MILK is a great source of protein. Drinking at least one pint of full cream milk a day is advised.

YOGHURT or similar desserts can be used on fruit and puddings. Those with added cream or the thick ‘n’ creamy ones are ideal. Avoid low fat or diet yoghurts.

DOUBLE CREAM can be added to cereals, fruits, puddings, soups and mashed potato etc to increase calories.

CHEESE is a good source of both protein and calories. Full fat cheeses such as cheddar and Lancashire are the best. As well as adding cheese to main meals, in a sandwich, on biscuits or on toast cheese is an excellent snack.

MEAT AND FISH in any form is useful. Cook well and serve with plenty of gravy or sauce. Tinned fish in oil or mayonnaise rather than brine or tomato sauce has more calories.

LENTILS AND BEANS are also a good protein source. They can be added to soups, casseroles, and stews, or used just as a vegetable. Baked beans on toast is a useful snack. NUTS (for those who are not experiencing swallowing problems) can be added to salads, baked apples, cakes, biscuits, ice-cream and crumble toppings. They are good foods to nibble between meals. Try having a peanut butter sandwich or peanut butter on toast for a snack.

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