A NEW STUDY has been commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Compass Group, to investigate the link between nutrition and the treatment of dementia in older patients.
The report reviews dietary factors across the life course that might increase or decrease the risk of onset of dementia in later life. It also details what actions could be taken to improve the nutrition of people with dementia, through diet and external factors such as modifying the mealtime environment and supporting and training carers.
ADI and Compass Group commissioned researchers Professor Martin Prince, Professor Emiliano Albanese, Dr Maëlenn Guerchet and Dr Matthew Prina from the Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care at King’s College London to produce the report.
An introductory document published in April 2013 introduced a number of areas of research on the relevance of nutritional factors to primary and secondary prevention of dementia, undernutrition in dementia and interventions to improve the nutrition of people with dementia.
ADI and Compass Group believe that a focus on diet, nutrition and wellbeing is a positive approach to supporting people with dementia and carers of this terrible disease.