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Making the Most of Mealtime: Eating, Swallowing & Dignified Dining for Individuals with Dementia & IDD

Eating and food are at the center of many of life’s occasions, celebrations and moments together with loved ones. Of course, eating is also a necessity—we rely on nutrition and hydration to survive. But what happens to these important and essential moments when dementia affects a loved one’s eating? In what ways can a loved one’s ability to interact with food begin to change? This webinar explains some of the changes that may make mealtime challenging when caring for someone with dementia, and provides tips on how to set up the eating environment for successful mealtimes. It also focuses on swallowing disorders for individuals with dementia and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and how to balance safety concerns while ensuring a dignified dining experience.

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By Elizabeth Kinzig | 05/23/2022

Recent policy doesn't just support older adults with dementia; it aims to improve the situations of family and friend caregivers as well.

What to Know About Recent Government Policies to Support People with Dementia and their Caregivers

The Untied States government has always been a key player in the fight against dementia, but recently it has made an even greater national commitment to address this serious threat to national health. We outline just three recent dementia-related public policies that older adults with dementia and their caregivers should know.

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By Julie Hayes | 05/16/2022

After being diagnosed with dementia, it's important to plan for the future as soon as possible

Preparing for Your Future After an Early Onset Dementia Diagnosis

A diagnosis of dementia can be devastating no matter your age. However, older adults, especially those over the age of 65, tend to be more aware of the possibility of dementia, and know that their risk statistically increases each year. But for younger adults, being diagnosed with dementia between the ages of 30 and 60 is not only upsetting—it can be outright shocking.

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By Julie Hayes | 03/15/2022

Cordell, A. (2022, March 14). Mealtime Changes That Can Benefit a Loved One with Dementia. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/mealtime-changes-that-can-benefit-a-loved-one-with-dementia

Hayes, J. (2022, March 1). Helping an Older Loved One with Spring Cleaning [Blog]. Active Daily Living. https://www.activedailyliving.com/Caregiver/Article/2366