Eating Behavior Scale Calculator

1 - Start his meal
2 - Maintain his attention
3 - Locate all his meal
4 - Use cutlery
5 - Swallow, chew and swallow without coughing
6 - Finish his meal

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Eating Behavior Scale

This scale is used to assess an elderly person's ability to feed themselves, especially in the context of Alzheimer's type dementia. Rate each proposition according to the behavior observed. The lower the score, the more the patient is dependent and requires assistance during the meal.

Alzheimer's disease is a disease not only characterized by cognitive disorders (memory, orientation, difficulties of abstraction) but also by nutritional disorders (weight loss, vitamin deficiencies, eating disorders) which worsen the health of patients. It affects about a third of subjects living at home or in an institution.

Several studies have reported weight loss in older people with dementia. It may even precede the diagnosis of dementia. The mechanisms involved in weight loss are multiple and still poorly understood:

• loss of autonomy to eat.

• Increased energy needs related to agitation, stress and wandering.

• Atrophy of the mesial temporal cortex involved in eating behavior.

• Dysfunction of the hypothalamus, a region of the limbic system involved in the regulation of food intake.

• Biological disturbances.

Regular monitoring of the patient's weight or the use of an appropriate scale (see our article assessing nutritional status in the assessment tests section).