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posted: September 25, 2006

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Timely Tip: Poor Appetite May Signal Time to Call the Doctor

Are you finding it difficult to get your elderly loved one to eat well – or eat at all – on a regular basis? You are not alone, by any means. But realize there may be a physical or psychological reason for your loved one’s poor appetite.  To get at the root of the problem, make sure you discuss potential causes with your health care provider. 

Some physical or psychological issues that may interfere with appetite include:

Medication. Certain medications or combination of medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) may depress appetite.  Bring all of your elderly’s medications to your next doctor’s appointment for a thorough talk about how they can affect appetite.

Gastrointestinal Disorders. Gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation, bloating, heartburn, or stomach pain can cause problems with appetite.

Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing. Poor dental care or medical conditions affecting the throat or swallowing may make eating difficult.  If your loved one expresses such concerns, discuss potential treatment with your physician or dentist and try soft, smooth foods that easily slide down the throat. Examples include creamy pastas and casseroles, soups, stews, and yogurt.

Depression. This common condition among the elderly can wreak havoc on appetite.  Discuss potential causes and treatments of depression with your health care provider to help maximize nutritional success.

For a detailed look at the problem of getting the elderly to eat a nutritionally balanced meal day after day, including tips on ways for caregivers to avoid a “food fight” with Mom or Dad, click here to read the food fight feature in the September 2006 edition of Caregiver’s Home Companion.

 

-- Sharon Palmer, RD
 

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