In this session, participants will learn a practical approach to addressing the concerns that arise for families and staff members when a person with a dementia diagnoses stops eating or develops dysphagia. The presentation emphasizes an approach that alleviates guilt and grief of the caretakers, makes sense of the natural process occurring and allows informed decision making on options of alternate nutrition.
Review the science of aging/dementia and anorexia.
List the stepwise progression of anorexia that occurs in dementia diagnoses in a manner that makes sense.
Use communication techniques that alleviates guilt of caregivers.
Allow informed decision making in regards to potential alternate nutritional methods.