Promising Strategies to Support Food and Drink Intake in Individuals with Dementia
February 12, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Although a review of more than 40 studies yielded no substantial evidence supporting any strategies to improve food and drink intake for individuals with dementia, about one-third of the strategies show promise and warrant further study, according to a review published January 22, 2016, by BMC Geriatrics. The authors found that existing studies of these interventions were either too small to be generalizable or suffered from other biases that made drawing firm conclusions impossible. Instead, they focused on 15 strategies that should be further studied not only for their effectiveness in improving food and drink intake but also for their effects on individuals' overall quality of life.