As we mentioned earlier in the month, several common aspects of aging, such as chewing issues, digestive problems, loneliness, depression, and certain medications, can cause seniors to decrease food intake, making it difficult for them to get the nutrition they need. Because family members can’t always be there to monitor all meals and snacks, it’s often difficult to know if dietary needs are being met. Keep an eye out for the following physical signs that may indicate a lack of proper nutrition.
- Has the senior complained of loss of appetite, digestive problems, or chewing or swallowing difficulties? Has there been decreased food intake over the past 3 months due to these complaints?
- Has the senior experienced weight loss during the last 3 months? Weight loss, particularly in those who are not active, can be an indication that the person is not eating properly.
- Does the senior have mobility issues? Being bed-bound or unable to go outside can result in nutritional challenges.
- Has the senior suffered psychological stress or acute disease in the past 3 months?
- What is the senior’s body mass index (BMI)? A BMI of 18.5 or less may be a sign that the person is not eating enough, while a BMI of 30 or more can indicate obesity.
Maintaining proper nutrition is vital for elderly individuals. The expert caregivers at Partners in Healthcare can help your family monitor your loved one’s food intake, as well as plan and prepare meals that meet his or her specific nutritional guidelines. Contact us in Orlando, FL at 407-788-9393
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