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Does your aging parent need help? Check their eating habits.

 

warning-signs-changes-in-eating-habitsThere are 7 key signs to watch for to see if your aging loved one needs help taking care of their everyday activities and needs and one of the easiest to check is what they’re eating.

Getting enough nutrition is important at any age. However, 15% to 50% of the elderly suffer from malnutrition according to medical studies. A 1992 survey by Ross Laboratories shows that over 20% of seniors skip at least one meal a day. Plus, another study found that 16% of seniors eat less than 1,000 calories a day.

There are many reasons why your elderly loved ones might not be eating as they should.

  • Depression from living alone can make it hard to prepare food for just one person, causing them to lose interest in eating.
  • Some seniors may have physical limitations like arthritis that make it difficult to prepare food.
  • Their dentures are ill-fitting and painful, so they may avoid foods that require a lot of chewing, like meats and raw vegetables.
  • Some older people lose their sense of taste and smell, making foods taste bland and taking the enjoyment out of eating.
  • Medication side effects can make foods taste bitter or cause a loss of appetite.
  • Seniors may have no way to get to the grocery store; and they don