Catering Glossary

Dementia (adjusted nutrition)

Dementia is frequently associated with lower food intake and higher energy needs due to restlessness. To avoid malnutrition, weight loss ( BMI < 20) and dehydration, adjusted nutrition is necessary. Sufficient liquids must be provided and strongly flavored foods(possibly using flavor enhancers) with high energy and fat content. Food should be attractive and fresh. Finger foods and night snacks help to encourage patients to eat in between meals and can be made available where the dementia sufferer walks.