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Sharing meals with institutionalized people with dementia: a natural experiment.
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PMID:  20603753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nutritional deficiency can have dramatic effects on the physical and psychological status of older adults. Although food supplements can enhance nutritional status, several authors suggest that more ecological means could also have beneficial impacts. Therefore, a natural experiment was conducted to study the impact of changed mealtime experiences for people with Alzheimer-type dementia. Two special care units (in separate facilities) in France were included in this study: one implemented shared meal times between residents and caregivers and the other served as a comparison group. Weight was measured and staff observations were collected. Positive outcomes were observed for the experimental group. Implications for practice are discussed.
Kevin Charras; Michèle Frémontier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological social work     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1540-4048     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol Soc Work     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-06     Completed Date:  2010-11-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903311     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Soc Work     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Feeding Behavior*
Malnutrition / prevention & control
Nursing Homes*

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