Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter (March 2017)
This month we have a focus on oral abilities, oral behaviours and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), three intricately linked common symptoms and medical conditions associated with advancing dementia.
As mentioned in the January newsletter I am updating all the evidenced based interventions suggested in The DMAT online system to enhance mealtime abilities. I have started this update with the oral abilities and oral behaviours section with updates for the other three sections to follow. To access the updated interventions just logon to your DMAT account here or if you need to create an account just follow this link and sign up for a free 30 day trial.
The research article in this months newsletter provides a great overview of assessing and treating dysphagia in dementia. I was very happy to see The DMAT mentioned as one of the assessment tools and also happy to read that all the treatment interventions mentioned in the paper were already included in the recent DMAT update (access paper here).
Also included this month is an excellent article by Beth Britton, dementia campaigner, entitled ‘Hard To Swallow‘ helping to provide an informal carers perspective on managing swallowing difficulties.
Finally the Resource & Recipe of the Month are both based around providing tasty, attractive and nutritious texture modified diets. Texture modified foods are often the main treatment option for swallowing difficulties and these excellent resources show how these foods can be produced to a high standard that people will want to eat!