Weight loss in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia is common in nursing homes. Statistics show that 40% of individuals with severe Alzheimer’s lose an unhealthy amount of weight. While previous studies associated the weight loss with depression and lack of independent feeding, recent findings point to another cause—the inability of recognizing visual contrast.
A recent study found that people with dementia eat 24% more food, and drink 84% more liquid, when meals are served in bright color plates, bowls and cups.
Cambro’s new bright metallic blue Harbor Collection supports the recent findings of improving appetite in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. This lightweight collection is also insulated and NSF listed.
5 Ways Nursing Homes Can Help Reduce Weight Loss
- Add seasonings that enhance aromas to improve flavor and appetite.
- Rotate the menu every few weeks to make meal time more exciting.
- Create contrast between the dishware and the foods and drinks that are served.
- Identify the food preferences among your patients to satisfy a variety of tastes.
- Increase the calorie load in meals to help with weight gain.
Weight loss in the elderly is a serious problem that is widely recognized in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With dedication to make a difference, foodservice operators can improve the health of their patients.
Contact your Cambro Representative for more information about the Harbor Collection.