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Nursing home builds finger foods into menu to help people with disabilities eat

Tulsa World - 9/4/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - When Herb Magley's late wife, Gail, had to move to a nursing facility, eating became a repetitive rotation of finger foods because Alzheimer's disease had taken her memory of how to use a fork.

"It was french fries, sandwiches, that kind of stuff," he said. "There were times she'd just leave her food, because you can't make everything finger food."

Magley was one of about a dozen people who took part in a tasting lunch Thursday at The Fountains at Canterbury, an assisted living and nursing complex in north Oklahoma City. The "Thrive Dining" menu consisted entirely of finger foods served in the facility's dementia care unit, including meatloaf the size of miniature muffins, breakfast casserole wedges and chicken baked into turnovers.

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