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Appetite Loss in Seniors: How Home Care Can Help

Jul 31, 2018 by Alan White

It is not unusual for seniors to begin losing their appetite as they age, but it is important that you understand why appetite loss happens and what you can do to prevent it, so your loved one does not miss out on important nutrients. Home care providers can help you understand why this happens and will help make sure your loved one receives proper nutrition while h

Reasons For Appetite Loss in Seniors

There are a number of reasons as to why seniors lose their appetite, from aging to side effects of certain medications. In order to ensure that your loved one is properly nourished, you need to know what causes him or her to skip meals. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Energy needed to cook

  • Side effects of medication

  • Apathy toward eating alone

  • Health concerns

  • Issues with dentures

  • Money to purchase healthy food

  • The functionality of taste buds

 

How Can I Help Increase My Loved One’s Appetite?

Seniors who lose their appetite often experience malnutrition and illness. There are many ways that you can increase your loved one’s appetite, some of which include:

  • A moderate amount of exercise may increase his or her appetite (encourage this with doctor approval)

  • Make sure he or she has a companion to eat with so no meals are skipped

  • Talking to your loved one’s dentist about how his or her dentures are fitting

  • Ask your loved one’s doctor if side effects of medication are affecting appetite

 

Contact Comfort Keepers for Help with Appetite Loss

If you feel as though your loved one has lost his or her appetite, in home care from Comfort Keepers can help. Providing meal prep to companionship, our Comfort Keepers will do everything they can to make sure that your loved one is on a healthy eating schedule and receiving the essential nutrients.

For more information on how we can help your loved one keep a regular eating schedule and maintain a healthy appetite, as well as our other services, contact your local Comfort Keepers today.

 

References

http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/082510p32.shtml

http://www.livestrong.com/article/283166-what-are-medical-reasons-for-loss-of-appetite-in-the-elderly/

 

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