In addition, the problem could be a medical one and you may want to talk to your loved one’s doctor. Some illnesses which cause loss of appetite are: Thyroid disorders, Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, salivary gland problems or a mouth, gum or throat infection. If the doctor gives your senior a clean bill of health, then the problem lies elsewhere.
To get your senior to eat, there are some things you can do, even if he or she lives in an independent living facility. Below are some suggestions which may help to entice the person to eat:
- Make sure the person eats at the same time every day. This help an older person’s body to expect food. As a person ages, the feelings of hunger decline also, so even if your senior is hungry, it may not be realized.
- Make the portions smaller but with a higher nutrient of food. Sometimes a large amount of food on a plate can seem to be overwhelming. You could even have meals changed so there are 5 smaller meals instead of 3 large ones.
- Be sure to have easy to eat snacks on hand. This could be string cheese, diced fruit, peanut butter and crackers and other snack items like this.
Having your loved one lose their appetite can be worrisome. But if isn’t a health issue, then these suggestions may help.