Why nutrition is important for people with dementia

We all have likes and dislikes and eating habits that are particular to us as individuals.

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Key messages

  • For many people with dementia, the changes that are experienced as dementia progresses can have an impact on the whole mealtime experience.
  • These changes can result in weight loss, dehydration or even weight gain.
  • Malnutrition and dehydration can contribute to the risk of developing delirium.
  • The more we know about a person with dementia, the easier it is to meet their nutritional needs.