Simple changes that work miracles, more

Facing a hard patch? Try serving dessert first. Sometimes the simplest switches can work miracles, particularly when the aim is to do something that makes your loved one happy.

Many people with Alzheimer’s love sweets and dessert. If meals have become tense or evening sundowning is an issue, it can make more sense to offer the most fun part of the meal first, rather than as a reward at the end, the way we’ve grown up thinking about dessert. You get better cooperation, and your loved one gets a lot of pleasure. (And if he or she still refuses the veggies after, so what?)

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