This session will discuss the pathophysiological and behavioral changes affecting adequate nutritional status and weight in persons with dementia. The talk will cover evidence-based recommendations for recognition, assessment, and management of nutritional problems and weight loss associated with dementia in the PA/LTC environment. Non-pharmacologic strategies for optimization will be presented, and recommendations for appropriate use of pharmacologic agents will be discussed. Patient-centered management of nutrition near the end-of-life will be reviewed.
Interactive case-based scenarios will be utilized during the presentation.
Explain the specific physiologic mechanisms and behavioral changes impacting nutrition and weight loss in persons with dementia.
List evidence-based guideline recommendations for nutrition in persons with dementia.
Describe obstacles, effective interventions, and outcomes related to feeding, weight loss, and nutrition in persons with dementia in the PA/LTC environment.
Discuss evidence-based recommendations for the use of pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic interventions in persons with dementia and weight loss in the PA/LTC setting, including those with advanced dementia near the end-of-life.
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics,
Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine