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Losing Appetite With Age

Jun 29, 2018 by Alan White

It is not unusual for seniors to begin losing their appetite as they age, but it is important to understand why this happens and what you can do to prevent it in your loved one. Comfort Keepers understands the difficulties that many seniors face as they age and we will ensure your loved one does not miss out on important nutrients.

Reasons For Appetite Loss

There are a number of reasons as to why seniors lose their appetite, from aging to 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

 

Increasing Your 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, 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 Home Care in Canton, GA

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 in Canton, GA will do everything we 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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