Jan 22, 2016
National Breakfast Week (24-30 January) has been set up nationally to promote the many advantages of eating breakfast. Andrew Mussett, Care UK’s expert on nutrition and catering, explained: “During the night your glucose levels have plummeted. The brain needs glucose to function and low levels affect our cognitive abilities. In other words, you’re not at your sharpest which can lead to falls and mistakes.”
The other issue for many older people is that their appetites diminish and keeping up sufficient calorie intake to keep them healthy and well-nourished is difficult. Many people with dementia have little interest in food and can find themselves losing weight. In this situation, Andrew has some suggestions.
He said: “Breakfast can be staggered and take some time. Use it as a chance to reconnect with your loved one as well as an opportunity to give them vital glucose, fibre and vitamins.”
Here are Andrew’s top hints and tips for breakfast from Care UK homes for people who are worried about a family member who might be losing weight or who shows little interest in food:
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