Nutrition, Hydration And Dementia
It's Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017!
According to the creators, this global challenge "aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally."
This week, organisations and sectors around the world are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to supporting improvements in nutrition and hydration for the global community.
There are many issues surrounding nutrition and hydration for people with Dementia.
Maintaining healthy levels of nutrition and hydration is crucial for people with dementia, however, they often struggle to eat and drink enough.
Dehydration and insufficient nutrition levels can lead to many problems including increased confusion, loss of muscle strength and greater risk for infection and illness. Lack of nutrients can even cause the symptoms of dementia to significantly worsen.
Ensuring that a person with dementia eats a healthy, balanced diet will help them retain their physical and mental abilities for longer.
A crucial tip to reduce or avoid eating and drinking issues for people with dementia is to use appropriately coloured crockery.
Experts say that people with dementia are more likely to finish their food and put on weight when their meal is served on yellow and blue crockery.
Dianne Smith, a matron for dementia at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"People with dementia often experience visual problems, including not being able to distinguish between different colours."
"If the crockery is a similar colour to the food being served then a person with dementia may not be able to see the contrast and recognise the food that is there to be eaten."
Being able to feed themselves properly helps people with dementia feel more confident and independent - Restoring their dignity.
Emma Smyth, a nurse manager at St. Cuthbert's Nursing home, said:
"Since the introduction of coloured crockery, some patients have had their dignity restored as they have been able to feed themselves again and enjoy their meal."
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Article written by Madison McCormack, Marketing Assistant at Find Memory Care
Nutrition, Hydration And Dementia, 16th March 2017, 9:30 AM