Dementia may affect eating and drinking in many ways, such as:
- Loss of appetite, weight loss and increased risk of malnutrition
- Difficulty recognising or communicating hunger or thirst
- Struggling with shopping, cooking and meal preparation
- Challenges with self-feeding, chewing and swallowing
- Fatigue, low mood and feelings of anxiety
- Sensory changes and changes in taste or food preferences
- Wandering at meal times.
What can be done to support eating and drinking?
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Consider offering ‘Finger Foods’ for those who WANDER AT MEALTIMES or struggle to use cutlery
Start ‘Food First and Homemade Nourishing Drinks’ for those with a POOR APPETITE and LOSING WEIGHT
The information on these webpages is not suitable for individuals with diabetes, following a renal diet or those with a lactose intolerance or a milk protein allergy. For individuals requiring a texture modified diet, follow guidelines which have been recommended by their Speech and Language Therapist.
Additional resources for further support
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Monthly events in the Morecambe Bay, Lancaster and Fylde areas with talks & stalls from organisations offering help, support & advice: