One thing I noted when my great aunt was dealing with dementia (we believe Alzheimer's but we're not sure) was that she would pick at the "nutritious" food, but would make multiple trips to the dessert table. Given that one of the consequences of dementia can be drastic weight loss due to forgetting to eat, it struck me that it might be possible that more flavorful food might be a God-send to dementia patients. My mom's cousin, who cared for my great aunt, thought there was something to it.
Fast forward to today, and it turns out that some native American nursing homes are starting to serve traditional foods to the acclaim of the residents. Hopefully this trend spreads not only among native americans, but also for the rest of us. Perhaps one of the keys to taking care of the old lies not in the medical suite, but in the kitchen--I would dare suggest specifically in the spice cabinet.
And I've got to admit that I'd like to try musk ox stew sometime.
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