Day care at green care farms: A novel way to stimulate dietary intake of community-dwelling older people with dementia?

S. R. De Bruin*, S. J. Oosting, Hilde Tobi, Y. H. Blauw, J. M. G. A. Schols, Lisette C. P. G. M. de Groot

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This study aimed to compare dietary intake of older people with dementia receiving day care at regular day care facilities (RDCFs) or at so-called green care farms (GCFs). A comparative cross-sectional study was performed at 10 GCFs and 10 RDCFs in the Netherlands. 30 subjects from GCFs and 23 subjects from RDCFs, aged 65 years or over, were included in the study. Subjects from GCFs were mostly married males who were aged younger than the subjects from RDCFs who were mostly widowed females. Dietary intake of the subjects was observed and/or recorded both at home and during their time at the day care facility. In the GCF group, average total energy intake was significantly higher than in the RDCF group (8.8 MJ/d vs. 7.2 MJ/d). Also total carbohydrates and protein intakes were higher in the GCF group than in the RDCF group (with 257 g/d vs. 204 g/d, and 76 g/d vs. 65 g/d respectively). In addition, average total fluid intake was significantly higher in the GCF group than in the RDCF group (2577 g/d vs. 1973 g/d). Multiple linear regression analyses revealed that after taking possible confounders into account, day care type was still significantly related to the intake of energy, carbohydrates and fluids. This study suggests beneficial effects of this new type of day care on dietary intake by community-dwelling older people with dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-357
JournalJournal of Nutrition Health & Aging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Green care farms
  • regular day care facilities
  • dietary intake
  • older people with dementia

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