Sieber Gabrielle

Gabrielle Sieber - Pflegewissenschaftlerin, M.Sc.

Institut für Biomedizin des Alterns, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Heimerichstraße 58
D-90419 Nürnberg

Tel: +49 (0)911 / 300 05 21

Fellows: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Volkert, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Remmers


The nutritional situation of people with dementia in the home environment

One of the key tasks in the daily care of people with dementia (PwD) is to ensure adequate nutrition. In the early course of the disease, unintentional progressive weight loss is found in those affected. Altered eating and drinking habits and a lack of energy intake (malnutrition) can also be observed. The adverse effects of weight loss and malnutrition include the breakdown of muscles, functional loss and increased risk of morbidity. Malnutrition is also associated with the progression of dementia. This leads to stressful situations for the patient, as well as for the caregiver. One can assume that due to the general burden of caring, the nutritional situation of the family caregiver deteriorates in the medium-term, which completes the “vicious family circle” of malnutrition.

The research project is thus targeted to survey the nutritional situation of PwD living at home from a nursing point of view, in the context of incorporating the pressure on family caregivers. Thereby all areas will be taken into consideration which are of importance for the multifactorial development of malnutrition. Based on the results, concepts can be developed that will help optimize the nutritional situation of those affected.

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1979 - 1982 Diploma in general nursing, Basel
1982 - 2002 Various nursing positions at the University Hospital in Basel and at Yale University, Connecticut, USA
2002 - 2005 Studies in nursing sciences at the University of Basel; specializing in geriatrics
2006 - 2010 Lecturer at the Institute of Nursing Sciences, Paracelsus University of Salzburg and at the Catholic Foundation College Munich; research project of the Department of Senior Citizens, Nuremberg
since 4/2010 Member of the NAR „Graduate Program Dementia“, Heidelberg University










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Latest Revision: 2014-02-05