Memory Care: Improving Outcomes Through Nutrition

Dementia cases are projected to triple worldwide by 2050. Proper nutrition is critical to ensure quality of life and optimal health for people with dementia. Targeted mealtime strategies and person-centered dining can help minimize inappropriate behavioral symptoms that lead to inadequate nutrition intake. Review these recipes and resources ideas for help.

Finger Food Recipes and Resources

Declining motor difficulties and cognitive issues can make using utensils challenging. Finger foods promote self-feeding. The “on-the-go” feature is also a solution for those who tend to wander.

Search for these recipes and more in Cycle Menu Management using the trait feature. When searching, select More Search Criteria, then traits, and then select the Finger Food trait.

Finger Foods Flyer

Cultural Recipes and Resources

Delicious Melting Pot: Exploring Global Foods Webinar

Culturally-familiar options resonate with a person as they are often tied to early memories. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) encourage menus to reflect cultural preferences.

Search for these recipes and more in Cycle Menu Management using the trait feature. When searching, select More Search Criteria, then traits, and then select the Cultural trait.

Cuban and Latin

German

Portugese

Southeast Asian

MIND Diet Recipes and Resources

The "MIND" diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) has been introduced to highlight foods that have show some evidence in staving off the cognitive decline and memory impairment that comes with dementia. For more information: https://www.rush.edu/news/diet-may-help-prevent-alzheimers

Search for these recipes and more in Cycle Menu Management using the trait feature. When searching, select More Search Criteria, then traits, and then select the MIND trait.

Hydration Recipes and Resources

Fluid Intake Documentation Training Topic

Hydration Training Topic

Hydration Station Support Items

Hydration Station Beverages

Harvest Valley Juice

Gordon Choice Beverages

Mosaic Tea

People with dementia are at higher risk for dehydration due to functional decline. It is important to create frequent opportunities to remind them to drink.

Search for these recipes and more in Cycle Menu Management using the trait feature. When searching, select More Search Criteria, then traits, and then select the Hydration trait.

Fortified Foods Recipes and Resources

Real Food First Training Topic

Supporting nutritional needs through person-centered dining and real food choices is key. Fortify favorite foods with extra calories and nutrients to assure adequate intake.

Search for these recipes and more in Cycle Menu Management using the trait feature. When searching, select More Search Criteria, then traits, and then select the Fortified trait.

Healthcare Dinnerware

Cooking Up a Memory

Activities that involve preparing food or center around certain recipes can help people receiving memory care connect with loved ones.