Your senior’s poor appetite doesn’t necessarily indicate an underlying health problem, but it’s best to keep an eye out regardless.
Loss of appetite in your loved one can be caused by a variety of reasons: lack of interest due to changing taste buds, depression or loneliness, lack of energy to cook, existing health conditions, and medication side effects. It’s also important to note that it’s normal for one’s appetite to change with age.
That said, lack of appetite can still put your loved one at risk of malnutrition. To help you, Akahina Home Care asked the experienced caregivers at our Home Care Agency in Temecula, California to give a few tips to help stimulate your senior’s appetite:
- Increase the nutrient density in your loved one’s food, not the portion size.
The important part of your loved one’s diet is that they get all the right nutrients from the food they eat. Try adding some avocado, olive oil, or some peanut butter to some of the dishes you serve.
- Eat with them.
For some people, eating alone is enough to reduce appetite. If you have the time, try having lunch or dinner with your loved one. In-Home Services can also be a good solution for busy families. Here, a caregiver can accompany your loved one at home while you’re at work.