Oral nutrition supplements : Are they an effective intervention in people living with dementia?

Increasing nutritional intake and preventing weight loss by using oral nutrition supplements (ONS) in people living with dementia is not as simple as it sounds. Whether ONS are even indicated as an effective intervention is open to debate.

The link below takes you to an article I wrote for Network Health Digest (NHD) which is the UK’s only independent monthly magazine for nutrition and dietetic professionals. In the article I describe the research evidence and reasons why one must be cautious when using oral nutrition supplements in people with dementia.

Download a pdf. of the article

Online article link:
Oral nutritional supplements : Are they an effective intervention in people living with dementia? (NHD, 2017, pages 19-24), by Lee Martin MSc RD

After you have read the article you can complete a CPD exercise by answering the questions linked here.

There are many things that can be done to improve the effectiveness of ONS as highlighted in the table below. More information on these aspects are discussed in the full article.

See the linked pdf above for more information