Seventh edition

Newsletter No 7: The Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite | The DMAT Video | Impact of Dementia on Mealtime Habits | Resource (SCIE) and Recipe(s) of the Month…

Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter (November 2016)

The DMAT presented at Food Matters Live this month and it was great to get some feedback from the audience and hear from other presenters who are looking at ways to improve the nutritional care for people living with dementia. The DMAT’s presentation along with some others from our session are available through the Food Matters Live website

This months newsletter links to some really good articles and resources from Canada, Australia and the UK. There is so much valuable information out there and we have packed it all into our Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter. Enjoy 🙂   

*The DMAT is not a substitute for good clinical care*

This Australian based dementia research toolkit helps translate dementia research into practice

The Dementia Outcome Measurement Suite (DOMS), a project originally commissioned under the Australian government’s National Dementia Initiative, was designed to develop a standard suite of instruments that would be promulgated throughout Australia to encourage clinicians to ‘talk the same language’ by using the same instruments as much as possible. Check it out if you are planning to get involved in dementia research it links to lots of questionnaires and measures commonly used in research and covers behaviour, function, quality of life and more.

The Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool (The DMAT) App & Software 4 minute Instruction Video

This quick YouTube video presentation will give you an overview of how to use The DMAT smartphone and tablet App and software.

How dementia can impact meal time habits and routines

This is a very useful and practical article, updated quite recently, which will really help you think about what are the best ways to support a person living with dementia at mealtimes. The article provides tips for improving the mealtime and also links to another great resource the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society have produced called the ‘Meal Times Pamphlet’. The wording in the pamphlet is slightly dated but the principles and suggested interventions for improving the mealtime are spot on. The pamphlet is available to download as a pdf. 

Resource of the month!

Click the image to be taken to the ‘SCIE Dementia’ website or click here. The Dementia pages on the SCIE website provide lots of information on all aspects of dementia care as well as important news stories. This month they are featuring the Alzheimer’s Society report on homecare which highlights some worrying trends. They also have a useful section on ‘Eating Well with Dementia’ found here which discusses the importance of nutrition, chewing and swallowing problems, promoting independence, modifying the mealtime environment and more.

Recipe of the month!

Finger foods do not always have to be sausage rolls or fish fingers! Finger foods can be practical and easy way to support people living with dementia to eat independently by taking the pressure off using cutlery at mealtimes and also provide easy to eat snacks. This set of finger foods recipes (click the image above or click here) provides some great inspiration to create something more visually appealing, nutritious and tasty than the usual finger food affair.
You can find more cooking ideas and dementia mealtime information on The DMAT Pinterest boards. Just click on the Pinterest logo at the top right of the web page and take a look (also linked here).  

Thanks for reading, see you next month

Lee Martin MSc RD


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