Dining With Dementia in Mind

Wed 21st Jun 2017

‘Dining With Dementia in Mind’

Presented by: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby and Carole Butler

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) Seminar

21st June 2017 - 12 noon-2pm


Light Refreshments will be provided with a chance to network afterwards


CADR will be hosting a seminar which will highlight the importance of the dining experience for residents in long term care, with a focus on dementia. The dining experience is important as strong links have been found between the extent to which residents enjoy the food and mealtimes and their quality of life (Kane et al, 2003).


Speakers who will talk about their work in this area will include:

Carole Butler a PhD student at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University

Leighton Short and Helen Bevan; Head chef and manager of Baglan Lodge care Home

Deborah Kwan, a community support dietician.


Carole Butler will be presenting an outline of her research which is funded by Healthcare Management Trust (HMT). The research aims to develop and pilot an intergenerational intervention for residents with dementia who are living in residential homes.  The intervention is based on preparing and sharing food, and aims to link residents with dementia with younger people from the community. Planned activities will include sharing favourite recipes, foods, and traditions, and preparing and sharing a simple snack or meal together.


Leighton Short and Helen Bevan will be sharing their ‘passion for purees’. Since arriving at Baglan Lodge as the head chef Leighton has transformed often unappealing pureed meals into meals which look appetising and tasty. The response from residents, their families, and staff has been very positive, and the weights of the residents are rising or remaining stable. Helen will be talking about their experience at Baglan Lodge whilst Leighton will present a live demonstration of his work.


Deborah Kwan will be talking about her work with malnutrition in residential care homes. Malnutrition is common in residential care although it is often unrecognised therefore remains untreated (NICE, 2011). Deborah will discuss food related issues that residents may face and strategies that that can assist in ensuring good nutrition.


Please let us know if you need any additional assistance to be able to participate in this event (eg hearing loop etc)


Please click here to view the presentation slides

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