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Nutrition and dementia

A person living with dementia may experience a change with their relationship with food. The physical and emotional changes that can occur along with the decline in cognitive functions make eating nutritious meals more challenging. They are likely to become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or struggle using utensils. 

Nutrition is vital for keeping the body strong and healthy but the changes that occur with dementia can cause dehydration, weight loss or weight gain.

There are ways you can help the person you care for to ensure they eat and drink well and enjoy their mealtimes.

These are just a few tips and by no means an exhaustive list. If you are experiencing problems getting your residents to eat, seek professional advice. There are a number of websites offering advice and forums where you can share tips with others.