Living with dementia should never mean having to compromise on those beliefs and values that define who we are.
Yet sadly, in particular when it comes to lifelong beliefs about an ethical diet, those living with dementia do not always have their values taken into account.
An all-party parliamentary group on vegetarianism and veganism recently published a report on the protection of philosophical or religious beliefs in care, specifically when providing food. The report highlighted cases where individual diets had been misunderstood or even ignored, with vegans and vegetarians with dementia being fed meat in care settings.
With this year’s Dementia Action Week (16-22 May 2022) happening to neatly coincide with National Vegetarian Week, charity Vegetarian for Life (VfL), which supports vegans and vegetarians in later life, has encouraged care providers to pledge to protect the values of those living with dementia.
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