Fifteenth edition – End of Year Special

Newsletter No 15: End of Year Special 2017 | Research | Practical Articles | Resources and Recipes of the year…

Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter (November & December 2017)

We are combining our November and December newsletter issues so that we can have a nice break over the festive period 🙂 This End of Year Newsletter Special highlights the 5 most popular articles and resources viewed by you the readers via the newsletter in 2017.  

We feel 2017 has been a good year for nutrition and dementia as the awareness of creating a supportive mealtime environment and providing a range of attractively presented and increased choice of tasty texture modified foods has increased.

There is however still a lot of awareness and education to provide to carers and health professionals on person centered care at mealtimes. Improvements in assessment and supporting the mealtime experience for people living with dementia, particularly later stage dementia will continue to be the focus of the Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool care package.

Please continue to get in touch with your thoughts, collaboration ideas and resources you utilise so we can share them with everyone who reads these newsletters. There are now 997 subscribers to the Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter which considering we only started in March 2016 makes us very proud. It also goes to show the interest and passion of those caring for people with dementia have in wanting to provide the best possible nutrition and hydration care.

See you next year…

Nutrition and dementia: A review of available research

Featured in our January 2017 newsletter this research / report commissioned by Compass Group and Alzheimer’s Disease International is an excellent summary of what we currently do and do not know about nutrition and dementia. The pdf. is free to download and linked below. 

8 Practical Tips to Help someone with Dementia to eat more

8 Practical Tips to Help someone with Dementia to Eat more is an excellent practical article by Age Space which we linked in our May 2017 newsletter. It also features the DMAT 🙂 and here’s what they say about us “A great tool that Carers can use is The DMAT (Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool) “The DMAT enables carers to assessselect interventions and generate a person centred care plan to support mealtime eating abilities and meal behaviours in people with advancing dementia.” You can learn more about the DMAT and it’s benefits on their website.”

How to make the most of mealtimes in care homes.

How to make the most of mealtimes in care homes

Published by the brilliant My Home Life organisation one of their past bulletins focused on food and mealtimes in care homes. The downloadable pdf. is a fantastic overview of all the sort of things that can be done to improve mealtime care. We linked to this and other great resources in our August 2017 newsletter.

Resource of the year!

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Virtual Care Home website. This is truly wonderful resource which provides the layouts of seven individual rooms where information is revealed interactively on how the features in the room can better support people with dementia. This includes the dining room, kitchen, lounge and other rooms. It was our resource of the month back in our June 2017 Newsletter.

Recipe(s) of the year!

The Nourish Afternoon Tea website created a selection of delicious savoury and sweet dishes for the Nutrition & Hydration Week 2017. This was featured in our February newsletter which was also a special newsletter focused on Nutrition & Hydration Week. The afternoon tea recipes are specially designed to be easier to enjoy even if you have a health condition that makes eating challenging. Don’t worry if cooking’s not your thing. They’ve included recipe shortcuts, like ingredients you can buy instead of making yourself, to keep life simple.
You can find more cooking ideas and dementia mealtime information on The DMAT Pinterest boards. Just click on the Pinterest logo below and take a look.  

Thanks for reading, see you next month

Lee Martin MSc RD


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