Reducing the Risks of Weight Loss

Weight loss is common in people with a Dementia.

Although the causes may vary, they may include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Motor difficulties
  • Chewing and swallowing problems
  • Sensory changes and difficulties

 Changes in eating behaviours can contribute to an individuals poor nutritional intake which may lead to further health issues such as:

  • Heightened risk of falls
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Infection

In some cases these may result in hospitalisation.

There are some practical strategies which can be implemented to help stimulate and motivate people to eat better and help reduce the risk of weight loss.