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Impact of dining room environment on nutritional intake of Alzheimer's residents: a case study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11603166     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This case study, in a Veterans Affairs Alzheimer's unit, was conducted to evaluate noise and lighting conditions at mealtimes and to assess the food intake of ambulatory dementia residents. The case study compared the noise, lighting, and nutritional intake of 16 Alzheimer's residents eating the same cycle menu in the extended-care (EC) dining room and the Alzheimer's unit (AU) dining room five weeks later. Noise was significantly lower in the EC (p < or = .02). Lighting was significantly higher in the EC (p < or = .001). Intake of calories and protein was slightly higher, with some days significantly higher, in the AU. Total five-day fluid intake at breakfast was significantly higher in the AU (p < or = .02). Although residents' total food and fluid intake was higher in the AU, the project identified a need to decrease noise and increase lighting in the AU. Lighting enhancement and noise reduction may further improve intake, which, in turn, may promote improved nutritional status.
J H McDaniel; A Hunt; B Hackes; J F Pope
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1533-3175     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen     Publication Date:    2001 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-17     Completed Date:  2002-01-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101082834     Medline TA:  Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  297-302     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Alexandria, Louisiana, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Alzheimer Disease / diet therapy*,  psychology*
Eating* / psychology*
Environment Design / standards*
Food Service, Hospital / standards*
Lighting / standards
Long-Term Care / psychology*
Middle Aged
Music Therapy / standards
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritional Requirements
Nutritional Status
Skilled Nursing Facilities / standards

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