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- Caring at home
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- Lack of appetite and dementia
- Changes in behaviour and dementia
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LAck of Appetite and Dementia
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People with dementia may lose their appetite as the disease progresses.
Some causes of a lack of appetite
- Not recognising food. Brightly coloured dishes or shiny tableware can help create greater contrast
- Problems with teeth. Regular visits to the dentist are important
- Medication. Some drugs can interfere with a person’s appetite. If you notice any change, it is important to check with the doctor
- Lack of exercise. A lack of physical exercise can contribute to a lack of appetite. Simple exercises such as walking, washing dishes or folding clothes can help
- Loss of sense of smell and taste. People with dementia may not recognise the smell and taste of food. Spices can be a good way to enhance the flavour of meals
A balanced diet and good nutrition will have a positive influence on the health of a person with dementia.
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