Eating Well with Dementia

Eating Well with Dementia

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NDR-UK Ref No: 9006
Publication Format: A5 leaflet
Classification: PiL  
Pack size: 10
Publication date: 01/14
Last Review: 01/17
Next Review: 2020

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.

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.
  • 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 (

  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Scottish Government Dementia Strategy 2013-16, Scottish Government
    Standards of Care for People with Dementia Scotland 2011, Scottish Government

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