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Dementia and Nutritional Health

- Tuesday, April 06, 2010

At Spring Arbor, we know residents with dementia have nutrition needs and may experience involuntary weight loss.  In fact on a national basis, approximately 90% of all patients with Alzheimer's disease lose weight.  Studies indicate that unintentional weight loss may increase mortality and reduce resistance to infections.  Residents with advanced stages of dementia also are at risk for malnutrition, dehydration, and dysphagia.  Good nutritional care can help to prevent these serious complications and others.

Spring Arbor works closely with residents and family members to ensure nutritional needs are met.  The Cottage offers the planned programming to focus on the resident’s abilities and not their losses.  A proper nutrition program is a significant focus for all of us at Spring Arbor Living.