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Dementia is affecting more and more people and this will rise dramatically over the coming years. This can cause problems with meal and nutrition planning and also when serving meals for people with Dementia as they have trouble using cutlery and they can have coordination problems making meal times challenging.

Dementia sufferers also are easily distracted, they lose their appetite quickly or interest in food and they can forget they have already eaten.

These problems can cause them to not eat as much, therefore, have a lower calorie, protein, vitamin and mineral intake and their hydration can also be reduced.

It is important to have foods that are easily eaten, so you can, for example, peel a banana first, rather than them trying to peel it before eating it. When planning meals ensure that they have enough quantity with the right nutritional values to ensure that they do not lose weight or become undernourished. Always ensure that enough fluids are taken as well to improve health and nutrition.

Knives and forks may need to be changed so they can hold them better and you may need to help them at meal times.

You can get more advice on diet and nutrition for suffers from Dementia form many different charities or health workers. You may plan the nutritionally perfect meal, but if the Dementia sufferer cannot physically eat it, then your planning will go to waste.