Nutrition and Dementia- March 2011



March 2011 - Issue 3, Supplement 1




This fact sheet provides an overview of recent evidence relevant to Nutrition and Dementia in hospitals

and information on how the “Outreach Librarian Service” can support you to keep up-to-date.


Selected evidence


Arsenault, LN; Matthan, N; Scott, TM; Dallal, G & Lichtenstein, AH (2009)

Validity of estimated dietary Eicosapentaeonic Acid and Docosahexaeonic Acid intakes determined by

interviewer-administered food frequency questionnaire among older adults with mid-to-moderate cognitive

impairment or dementia.

American Journal of Epidemiology: 170 (1) 95-103

Clarke, L (2009)

Improving nutrition in dementia through menu picture cards and cooking activities.

Nursing Times: August 2009: 105 (30) 16-18

Cowdell, F (2010)

Care of older people with dementia in an acute hospital setting.

Nursing Standard: 24 (23) February 10-16, 42-48

Freund-Levi, Y (2008)

Omega-3 supplementation in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease: Effects on neuropsychiatric symptoms.

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: 23 (2), February 2008, 161-169.

Freeman, C; Ricevuto, A & DeLegge, MH (2010)

Enteral nutrition in patients with dementia and stroke.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology 26: 156-159

Gaskill, D (2008)

Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities.

Australasian   Journal on Ageing 27 (4), December 2008, 189-194.

Hines S, Wilson J, McCrow J, Abbey J, Sacre S (2010)

Oral liquid nutritional supplements for people with dementia in residential aged care facilities.

International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, December 2010: 8 (4) 248-251

Holmes, S (2010)

Importance of nutrition in palliative care of patients with chronic disease.

Nursing Standard: 25, 1, 48-56 (Learning Zone)

Kelson, E & Curtice, M (2010)

Counting the cost: Dementia on hospital wards.

Alzheimer’s Society: 15th October 2010 13:17

Lee, Y; Back, JH; Kim, J; Kim, S and Na, DL (2010)

Systematic review of health behavioral risks and cognitive health in older adults.

International Psychogeriatrics: 22 (2) 174-187

McCormick, SE (2008)

The efficacy of pre-thickened fluids on total fluid and nutrient consumption among extended care residents

requiring thickened fluids due to risk of aspiration.

Age and Ageing: 37 (6) November 2008, 714-715

Modi, S (2010/2011)

Perspectives of community members regarding tube feeding in patients with end-stage dementia: Findings

from African-American and Caucasian focus groups.

Omega: 62 (1) 77-91

Morley, JE (2010)

Nutrition and the brain.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine 26: 89-98

Nazarko, L (2008)

Malnutrition: Identification and treatment.

British Journal of Healthcare Assistants: 2 (6) June 2008, 279-282.

Palecek, EJ; Teno, JM & Casarett, DJ (2010)

Comfort feeding only: A proposal to bring clarity to decision-making regarding difficulty with eating for

persons with advanced dementia.

JAGS 58:580-584

Scheltens, P (2009)

Nutrition and dementia.

European Journal of Neurology: September 2009: 16: Supplement 1 (3-4)

Small, GW (2008)

Beyond standard ant-dementia therapies: Diet, exercise, socialization and supplements.

CNS Spectrum: (October)13: 10 (Supplement 16) Expert Current Opinion

Solfrizzi V, Frisardi V, Capurso C, D'Introno A, Colacicco AM, Vendemiale G, Capurso A, Panza F (2009)

Mediterranean dietary pattern, mild cognitive impairment, and progression to dementia

Archives of Neurology: July 2009

A. Thompsell (2010)

Force fed with hysteria: Oral feeding difficulties and dilemmas in dementia

Journal of Dementia Care Vol. 18 No. 2 Mar/Apr ’10 pp. 10-11

Volicer, J (2009)

Can dietary intervention help in management of problem behaviours in Dementia?

The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging: 13 (6).

Webster, J (2009)

Nutrition in hospitalised patients.

Nursing Older People: 21, 10, 31-37

How can I help you?

Literature search service

I can offer an expert, in-depth literature search service to help you locate the evidence on any health

related topic.


If you want to learn to navigate the wealth of available online healthcare information and how to search

databases more effectively, the ‘Trust trainer’ can offer timetabled hands-on training sessions or can

provide customised one-to-one support. Telephone: 0121 424 0583 or email:

[email protected]

Current awareness services

If you need to keep up-to-date on a particular topic I can advise on suitable RSS feeds and help you set up

article alerts from the major healthcare databases.

Online resources

Whilst many good quality resources are freely available, most full-text journals and the main bibliographic

databases   (e.g.  Medline and CINAHL)     require   an Athens   username and password.      To register    for  an

Athens login go to

The Library web pages contain detailed information about library services and training opportunities, online

request and registration forms and several guides on key online resources and evidence-based websites



The Outreach Librarian is located in the education centre at Heartlands Hospital, on the first floor, next to

the Library.

Telephone 0121 424 2503 (42503) or email: [email protected]