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March 19, 2019

Loss of Appetite in Seniors

It’s common to begin losing our appetite as we age, but it’s important to understand why this happens and what you can do to ensure that your aging love one is still receiving all the proper nutrients required to stay healthy.

Factors that May Cause Loss of Appetite in Seniors

There are many reasons why seniors may lose their appetite, from aging to medications. It is important to understand the factors that may cause them to skip meals, so you can help them stay nourished.

  • Lack of energy to cook
  • Medication side effects can affect taste buds
  • Lack of interest in eating alone
  • Health conditions, illnesses, or diseases
  • Problems with dentures
  • Lack of financial resources to buy nourishing food
  • Loss of functioning taste buds may cause food to taste bitter or “off”

How to Increase Appetite in Seniors

Loss of appetite can lead to malnutrition and illness. Here are some ways that you may improve your loved one’s appetite.

  • With physician approval, moderate exercise may stimulate a senior’s appetite
  • Ensure that they have someone to eat meals with so they are less likely to skip meals
  • Consult with your senior’s dentist about the fit of dentures
  • Talk with the physician about possible medication side effects

Consider Comfort Keepers®

At Comfort Keepers®, our compassionate caregivers can provide your loved one with the in-home care they need. From meal preparation to companionship, our Comfort Keepers® can ensure that your loved ones are sticking to a regular eating schedule and getting the nutrients they need to live a healthy and independent life.

If you want to learn more about how our caregivers can help your loved one stay nourished—or if you want more information regarding our in-home care services, contact your local Comfort Keepers office today.

References
https://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/082510p32.shtml
https://www.livestrong.com/article/283166-what-are-medical-reasons-for-loss-of-appetite-in-the-elderly/

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