A common side effect of aging is a loss of appetite. Being aware of this fact can help you implement factors to help your senior loved one with eating again.
How to Get Your Senior Loved One Eating Again?
It’s difficult to watch someone you love start losing weight and not eating enough to maintain their health. With these tips you can make it easier for them to have a healthy appetite.
Talk to Someone
A loss of appetite isn’t always about the physical health, but it can be due to emotional problems. Typically, it can be caused by depression, a lack of meaning, or knowing that the end of life is near.
If your loved one’s lack of eating is connected to emotional issues then it can be beneficial for them to see a therapist. It’s natural that aging comes with loss and the overwhelming sense of grief can create deep sadness. This can cause them to shut themselves off and lose interest in socializing, hobbies, and eating.
The Color Red
Eating off dishes that are the color red can increase your appetite by 25%. The contrast in color is more appealing to seniors, opposed to eating off a white plate. Bringing color into the presentation of the food makes a big difference! Multiple studies have shown that color definitely affects appetite.
Satisfy Their Cravings
Putting so much emphasis on healthy meals can distract from the face of what your senior loved one really wants to eat. Okay, their choices might not be the healthiest option, but at least they are getting some form of nutrients and food.
Just remember that the unhealthy options should be served in moderation next to the healthy food they should be eating. Being provided food they crave can be motivation to eat their healthier foods.
Easy As Possible
The simple act of eating can become a difficult task for a senior. Chewing their food or lifting food to their mouth can seem impossible or even be painful. This embarrassment of no longer being able to eat can make them not want to do it anymore.
This issue can be solved by making food for them easy to eat as possible. Cutting food into small pieces and choosing softer foods. Make food available to them that’s very little work or energy to eat or prepare. One of the easiest options is making meals in liquid form, such as making smoothies or soups.
For seniors with appetite loss it’s important to look past the three meals a day ideal. Offer them to eat at anytime of the day, so they get more calories and nutrients in. Trying to get them to eat at least a bite every hour can be beneficial to their health.
Entrust of DeSoto: A Resident-centric Memory Care Community in Dallas, Texas
Entrust of DeSoto is a memory care community that puts resident well-being at the center of everything we do. We know that each person is unique. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and lifestyle options to nourish the body and create community.
We understand the importance of home cooked meals and nutrition for seniors and this attitude is reflected in our dining experience. If you or a loved one live near Dallas, Texas and need assisted living, contact Entrust of DeSoto today to learn about our 24-hour care and find out how we can help.