Age can cause decreased appetites. This can cause many health problems for our seniors. Since there are many symptoms of a decrease in a senior’s appetite, we as family members or caregivers need to be on the lookout for these.
Here are just 5 signs that we need to watch for.
- Loss of appetite: Was your loved one once a hearty eater but now they no longer seem to care about eating? Did they once enjoy eating out but now it seems like too much trouble?
- Depression: This can be a cause of a decrease in appetite. Make sure you contact a physician if you think that depression may be a problem.
- Weight loss: Has your senior had a sudden fluctuation in their weight?
- Cognitive problems: Is your senior living alone? They may forget to eat. Having dementia can lead to nutritional problems.
- Fatigue or inactivity: Was your senior regularly active but now has become tired or not wanting to get out of the house? Encourage them to see a doctor. Poor nutrition could be the cause.
Now for some suggestions that could help:
- Offer to drive your loved one to the grocery store. They may be having difficulty driving and be reluctant to tell you.
- Invite your senior out to lunch. Make it a special occasion.
- Try to get them out of the house. Take them to a museum or something that you know would stir their interest.
- Make sure you are visiting your loved one often so that you can catch the above signs early.
We love our seniors and want to make sure that a detrimental decrease in appetite doesn’t happen to them! Do you think some of these tips could help you? Leave your comments and/or suggestions below or on our Caregiver Forum.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.