As a consequence of the actual trends in demography the number of patients with dementia will steadily increase during the next decades. One of the most important problems in caring for these patients is to provide adequate nutrition during the different phases of this disease. On the one hand it is essential to avoid early malnutrition which may cause further functional impairment. On the other hand one is to withhold nutritional overtherapy in the final stages of dementia. Patients with dementia should be screened for malnutrition in the early and middle stages of this disease. For patients with risk of or with overt malnutrition individual nutritional plans should be provided. Enteral nutrition in advanced stages of dementia should only be untertaken after a careful and individualized analysis of the situation.
Wilhelm, K. (2016). Malnutrition and dementia. Nursing Standard, 30(46), 64–65. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.30.46.64.s48