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Diet and Dementia: An Update

9 months on from our last edition on food and dementia, Sheila Dillon hears from Paula Wolfert's biographer and friend Emily Kaiser Thelin and dementia entrepreneur James Ashwell.

What can I do? That was the question posed to us by Food Programme listener Angie Roberts who cares for her mother Clara. Clara, like 850 thousand others in the UK, has dementia, and meal times were making her anxious.

9 months on from our last edition on food and dementia, Sheila Dillon hears from people living with dementia to see how food figures in their lives. She catches up with dementia entrepreneur James Ashwell, founder of and hears how he has made gadgets to make eating and drinking easier, available on the high street. Sheila also hears again from award winning food writer Paula Wolfert and her biographer and friend Emily Kaiser Thelin, and their work together on a book telling Paula's life story. From documenting Morocco and its cuisine in the 1970s, to the changes Paula has made to her diet to try to ameliorate her disease.

Sheila speaks to Professor of nutritional medicine, Margaret Rayman and nutritional epidemiologist Dr Martha Clare Morris, on the latest research into the connections between what we eat and whether or not we develop dementia.

Presented by Sheila Dillon
Produced by Clare Salisbury

This programme is an update of the edition 'Diet & Dementia' from October 2016 which recently won 'Radio Programme of the Year' at the Fortnum & Mason food and drink awards.

Photo credit: William Bayer.

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Mon 26 Jun 2017 15:30

Diet & Dementia

Listen to the original edition Diet & Dementia broadcast in September 2016 here. The programme won Radio Programme of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason food awards 2017.

More from the programme...

Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life is a biographical cookbook written by Emily Kaiser Thelin

Find out more about James Ashwell founder of and their online community.

Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia is a cookbook by Margaret Rayman, Vanessa Ridland, Katie Sharpe & Patsy Westcott 

Dr Martha Clare Morris is working on new research into the MIND diet

More information...

If you are affected by dementia or want help to find more information on any aspect of food and drink and how it relates to dementia you can try these resources:
The Alzheimer's Society have a section on their website dedicated to food and drink.
Dementia Alliance International is a non-profit organisation exclusively for people with a medically confirmed diagnosis of dementia
Dementia UK offer support for families living with dementia including the Admiral nurse service
Age UK offer resources on living with dementia


Role Contributor
Presenter Sheila Dillon
Interviewed Guest Paula Wolfert
Interviewed Guest James Ashwell
Interviewed Guest Emily Kaiser Thelin
Interviewed Guest Margaret Rayman
Interviewed Guest Martha Clare Morris
Producer Clare Salisbury


  • Sun 25 Jun 2017 12:32
  • Mon 26 Jun 2017 15:30

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