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20-45% of residents in care facilities are undernourished – UK Report

March 21st, 2014

We all know that caring for those suffering with Dementia poses challenges for families and care facilities.  In this report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (2014) the nutritional needs and care provided was analyzed.  The study found that undernutrition contributes to frailty, skin fragility, falls, hospitalization and mortality.  Those with Dementia tend to suffer from progressive weight loss and this should be avoided by caregivers.  It was found that the use of oral nutritional supplements can stabilize and even increase weight of those with Dementia.  They recommended staff education and training related to mealtime hours and adjustments in the physical eating environment (colours, tableware, etc.) can all improve the caloric intake of residents.  For the full report visit:  http://www.alz.co.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/nutrition-and-dementia.pdf

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