List of Finger Foods for Dementia Patients

Hands placing food items onto a charcuterie board.

Eight million new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year (1). Treatment is directed towards symptoms, since there is no cure for dementia. 

Dementia progression can negatively impact nutritional status and result in unintentional weight loss. Feeding ability can be impacted, so finger foods may help promote intake.   

Finger Foods for Dementia Patients

As dementia progresses, self feeding can become more difficult. Dementia patients may forget how to use utensils. Some may be resistant to feeding assistance. 

Here is a list of finger foods for dementia patients:

  1. Chicken strips or nuggets
  2. Fishsticks 
  3. Deli sandwich
  4. Plantains
  5. Banana
  6. Cheese sticks
  7. Pizza
  8. Quiche
  9. Chicken legs 
  10. Boiled egg
  11. Hamburger
  12. Sausage links or patties 
  13. French fries
  14. Grilled cheese
  15. Fruit slices
  16. Berries
  17. Breadsticks
  18. Onion rings
  19. Meatballs
  20. Muffins
  21. Cookies
  22. Cereal bars
  23. Biscuits
  24. Bagels 
  25. Potato wedges
  26. French toast sticks
  27. Baby carrots
  28. Sliders
  29. Drinkable yogurt
  30. Quesadillas
  31. Kebabs
  32. Brownies
  33. Doughnuts
  34. Crackers
  35. Plain noodles
  36. Peanut butter toast
  37. Breakfast sandwich
  38. Wraps
  39. Mini pancakes 
Photo collage of finger foods including kabobs, carrots, cheese burger, fries, cookies, sandwiches, pizza, wraps, fruit, and chicken tenders.
Finger Foods for Dementia

Tips for Finger Friendly Meals

Since not all foods are finger foods there are some strategies that can be used to make meals easier to eat for dementia patients.

  • Add meats to bread or roll to make entrees into sandwiches
  • Slice food into bite sized pieces
  • Put soup in a mug for drinking
  • Serve sauces and dips on the side
  • Drain foods for easier pick up
  • Give meal items in individual bowls 

Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) can occur during dementia, so easier to chew and swallow foods may be necessary when choosing finger foods. Check out dysphagia diet basics to learn more. 

Final Thoughts

Dementia has many nutritional implications, including malnutrition and difficulty self feeding. Incorporating finger foods can be an easy way to increase intake in dementia patients. 

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