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Eating Well with Dementia


A guide for carers of people with dementia to support eating and drinking for nourishment and well being.

Classification: PiL (Patient Information Leaflet) Enforcement of healthy eating messages for self-management - advice is easily understood requiring no additional explanation.

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  • Reduce the risk of poor/under nutrition and related stress for people with dementia and their carers.

    • The Target Group will be aware of behaviour changes of people with dementia that can affect their eating and drinking habits.
    • The Target Group will understand nutrition challenges faced by people with dementia and that these are varied and person-specific.
    • The Target Group will be able to apply practical measures to improve nutritional intake and limit stress/anxiety if/when eating and drinking difficulties arise.
    • Nutritional recommendations are based on standard DRVs with guidance/adaptations to support standard symptomology, changes in food preferences and hunger/thirst cues.
    • Eatwell guide not included.

    Evidence Base:

    • Amella et al (2008), Eating Behavior in Persons With Moderate to Late-stage Dementia: Assessment and Interventions? J Am Psychiatric Nurses Assoc, 13(6), 360-367
    • British Dietetic Association (BDA), Defining oral health - Evidence Summary 2013 (https://www.bda.org/dentists/education/sgh/Documents/Defining%20oral%20health.pdf)
    • Bunn D K, Abdelhamid A, Copley M, Cowap V, Dickinson A, Howe A, Killett A, Poland F, Potter J, F, Richardson K, Smithard D, Fox C and Hooper L BMC Geriatrics (2016) 16:89 Effectiveness of interventions to indirectly support food and drink intake in people with dementia: Eating and Drinking Well IN dementiA (EDWINA) systematic review. Omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of dementia (Review)
    • Burckhardt M, Herke M, Wustmann T, Watzke S, Langer G, Fink A, Omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD009002.
    • Clarke, Les, Improving nutrition in dementia through menu picture cards and cooking activities Nursing Times, 2009, 106
    • Dunne, A, Nutrition and dementia. Nursing and Residential Care, 2010, 12, (3): 112, 114, 116
    • Ikeda M. et al (2002), Changes in appetite, food preference and eating habits in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 73:371-376.
    • Keene J. and Hope T. (1997), Hyperphagia in Dementia: 2. Food choices and their macronutrient contents in Hyperphagia, Dementia and Aging. Appetite 28:167-175.
    • Manthorpe and Watson (2003) 'Poorly Served' Eating and Dementia, Journal Advanced Nursing, 41(2), 162-169
    • NHS Scotland, NHS Scotland Local Delivery Plan Guidance 2012-13 NHS Scotland and Scottish Government, Action Plan For AHPs in Mental Health
    • Piguet O. et al (2011), Eating and Hypothalamus Changes in Behavioral-Variant Frontotemporal Dementia. Ann Neurol 69: 312-319.
    • Prince M, Albanese E, Guerchet M, Prina M, Nutrition and dementia, A review of available research, Published by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), London. February 2014
    • Scottish Government Dementia Strategy 2013-16, Scottish Government http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00423472.pdf Standards of Care for People with Dementia Scotland 2011, Scottish Government
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