Decreasing Appetites – How You can Help Fairfax Seniors

June 20, 2011

Signs of Decreasing AppetiteAge 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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Weight loss:  Has your senior had a sudden fluctuation in their weight?
  4. Cognitive problems:  Is your senior living alone? They may forget to eat.  Having  dementia can lead to nutritional problems.
  5. 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:

  1. Offer to drive your loved one to the grocery store. They may be having difficulty driving and be reluctant to tell you.
  2. Invite your senior out to lunch. Make it a special occasion.
  3. Try to get them out of the house.  Take them to a museum or something that you know would stir their interest.
  4. 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.

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

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.

Alisa Meredith, Writer

Guest writer Alisa Meredith is a blogger and social media professional with Scalable Social Media. Every once in a while, someone at Home Instead does something that compels her to stop Tweeting and write something real! This is one of those times.

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