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Is Your Senior Loved One Losing Their Appetite?

Jul 31, 2018 by Alan White

Appetites start to fade as people get older for a variety of reasons, from medication side effects to depression. It is paramount that you fully understand why appetite loss occurs in seniors and how you can prevent it from happening to your loved one. Loss of appetite limits the nutrients that your loved one gets and can cause serious health problems - but a Comfort Keepers caregiver can help ensure your senior loved one remains healthy

Factors That Lead to Missed Meals

  • Lack of money for nutritious food

  • Low energy for preparing meals

  • Loss of sensitivity in taste buds

  • Medication side effects

  • Disinterest in eating alone

  • Certain health/medical conditions

  • Improperly fitting dentures

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How to Boost Your Loved One’s Appetite

Malnourishment and illness can be the result of a poor appetite, which will prevent your loved one from getting the vitamins and nutrients that he or she needs. Here are a handful of ways to boost his or her appetite:

  • Encourage your senior loved one to exercise to boost their appetite

  • Eat with your senior loved one or provide company or a caregiver for them to enjoy meals with 

  • Accompany your loved one to the dentist about better fitting dentures

  • Ask your loved one’s doctor about the side effects of his or her medication

 

Allow a Caregiver to Assist

We completely understand that you can’t be there all the time to make sure your loved one is eating. Comfort Keepers can assist you by planning meals and providing companionship at mealtime so that your loved one can stay on a regular eating routine and get the proper nutrients.

For more information on our services and how they can help your loved one keep a healthy appetite, or our other home care services, give your local Comfort Keepers a call.

 

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