Dementia can be affected by other health and emotional conditions that may stop the individual from eating or drinking:
Health –often for individuals with dementia to end up with Urinary Tract Infections, this can lead to the individual becoming more confused and angry leading to them not wanting to eat.
Emotional –Forgetfulness and medications can result in a reduced appetite. Individuals suffering incontinence may stop them eating and drinking normally, this could be because they are scared and find it traumatic if they are out and about and are incontinent. Some individuals may be on medication which can lead to constipation, this may stop individuals eating and drinking not realising this can make it worse.