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4 Tips to Get Your Elderly Loved Ones to Eat

Appetite loss in seniors is common and it can be due to a number of reasons. For starters, the elderly participate in fewer activities, so they require fewer calories than in their younger years. Additionally, health issues or side effects to medication can also contribute to a loss in appetite. It is important to note any changes and consult with a medical professional. Once any health condition has been ruled out, you can use the following tips to increase appetite:

1. Implement a meal schedule

Maintaining a meal schedule typically around the same time each day reminds the body to be ready to eat. This is especially helpful for seniors because as they age, they may not naturally feel the urge, desire or depending on their condition, remember to eat.

2. Serve Smaller Portions High in Nutrients

Seeing a larger plate can be quite intimidating, especially to a senior with an already declining appetite. Instead, try swapping out the traditional 3 large meals for 5 smaller ones.

3. Reduce the Need for Utensils

Utilizing utensils can become a challenge for older adults or someone with a physical disability. If this is the case, try preparing foods that can be eaten without utensils. Foods like chicken strips, raw or steamed vegetables, fruits, string cheese, and sandwiches are examples.

4. Make Meals a Social Event

Eating alone can be isolating. Sharing a meal can make eating more appealing, especially if your loved ones appetite has been on the decline.

We hope these tips have been helpful. What tips have you found to be successful? Leave a comment! If your loved one is in need of in-home care, contact Quality of Life Home Care and Hospice today!

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