Poor appetite is a common problem in older people living at home, as well as hospital inpatients. It can contribute to weight loss and nutritional deficiencies, and associated poor health care outcomes, including increased mortality.
Understanding the causes of reduced appetite and knowing how to measure it will enable nurses and others such as elder care workers and aids working in a range of community and hospital settings to identify patients with impaired appetite.
A range of strategies can be used to promote ...
People associate food allergies with something that dates back to childhood. Food allergies can appear at any age. What's important is that you don't associate a food sensitivity or intolerance with an allergy. There are differences.
What Are the Differences Between Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities?
A food allergy can be life-threatening. Itching and hives are common symptoms. People with food allergies may find their throat swells up and makes it impossible to breathe. Anaphylactic shock may occur if medical intervention isn't performed ...
What and when your elderly family member drinks helps to keep her hydrated and gives her body what it needs. But it might also be a big part of what keeps her from sleeping as well as she would like to sleep.
Caffeine Is a Huge Culprit
Your senior might be getting more caffeine in her diet than either of you realize. Some teas as well as coffee and soft drinks often contain caffeine. After a certain time of day, that can add ...
Some nutrients are essential to how your body functions. As you age, you need antioxidants to help with cell and tissue health. You need protein for muscles and calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. As senior citizens look more at quick and easy meals, vegetables often get ignored.
Vegetables are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. The folic acid in many vegetables helps with red blood cell production. Vitamin A helps keep the eyes and skin healthy. ...
Malnourishment is something that far too many senior citizens deal with at some point. Some of the causes are physical and may be situations that you can help your elderly family member to resolve.
She Feels Full Too Quickly
One of the things you might hear from your aging family member when you try to prompt her to eat is that she’s not hungry or that she’s already full. She does need a certain amount of calories, vitamins, and other nutrients in her ...
If your aging parent enjoys the occasional glass or wine, beer, or other type of alcohol, you may wonder if it could negatively affect their health. While some research shows that small or moderate amounts of some kinds of alcoholic beverages are safe or may even have health benefits, a recent study indicates that even small amounts could increase the risk of stroke.
The Alcohol and Stroke Risk Study
Researchers from four organizations (Oxford University in the UK, Peking University, the Chinese Academy ...
Your senior might just give up on eating altogether if she’s having a difficult time chewing. Painful chewing or difficulty swallowing make eating way more complicated than it really should be.
Some of these options can help.
Use Ground Meats Instead of Whole or Cubed Meat
Ground meats are a much easier way to get meat into your senior than either whole pieces or even cubed meats. This is an excellent replacement in soups or stews, too, because it doesn’t change the dish and ...
Each year, a non-profit organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list of produce that has the highest pesticide levels. The group takes samples of fruits and vegetables to see which ones contain at least some amount of pesticides. You might be surprised to learn what’s on the list.
The Dirty Dozen List
Samples taken by the EWG revealed that strawberries had the most pesticides on them. 98 percent of strawberry samples had at least some pesticide residue. Shockingly, one sample ...
Your aging relative’s doctor may have advised them to lower their sodium intake. Sodium is an element found in salt. So, what the doctor is really asking them to do is to reduce the salt in their diet. Most healthy adults should be aiming for 2,400 mg of sodium per day or less. However, people with high blood pressure shouldn’t eat more than 1,500 mg each day.
Sometimes when older adults are placed on a low salt diet, they find their new ...
Meals can be a difficult time for your aging adult for a variety of reasons. Whether she simply doesn't like cooking or finds it too complicated to figure out what to eat, there are things you can do to make meals as easy as possible for your senior.
Ask Other Family Members to Contribute a Meal
Many caregivers are reluctant to bother other family members, but they can be an excellent source of help when it comes to putting meals together. Let them ...