We still lack evidence about nutritional aides in dementia


PEOPLE with dementia can have difficulty eating or forget to eat at all. Interventions have now been analysed in a systematic review by the University of East Anglia.

The reviewers found 43 interventions. Twenty-seven of these involved the use of nutritional supplements.

In trials lasting up to 12 weeks, oral supplements resulted in a weight gain of about 2kg. Longer term trials did not show a significant effect.