Frequently, aging adults find themselves eating less and less. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Where it can assist with much-needed weight loss, there comes a point when no more weight should be dropped. Additionally, it can hamper an adult from getting the nutrition they need. Though nutrition is important in our younger years, it becomes even more critical the more we age. A lack of appetite in elderly adults can be the result of several things.
Let’s look at some of the factors that weigh in on where appetite loss is concerned and how to handle them.
Mouth Muscles Weaken
Including muscles in the jaw and mouth, as we age, muscles weaken overall. This can make it very challenging for some people to swallow and/or chew their food. As a result, their appetite lessens. There are many mineral- and vitamin-filled foods available that are soft enough to still enjoy. Additionally, to make it easier to eat, work on exercises to strengthen jaw and mouth muscles.
A More Inactive Life
Physical exercise and mentally stimulating activities can help work up an appetite. Many mature adults may lose their appetite because of sedentary lifestyles. Through sports, gardening, swimming, yoga, dancing, and more, help keep your loved one active. Promote fun activities to increase appetite.
Dehydration Can Occur
Appetite loss is a symptom of dehydration. To reduce the risk of dehydration, eat plenty of water-based foods and drink lots of liquids. Neurological issues can also be better staved off by staying hydrated.
Is Cognitive Impairment an Issue?
Lack of sound judgment, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and more, can be issues resulting from cognitive decline. In this case, people may tend to skip meals or don’t feel like cooking. To strengthen bone health, enhance mental well-being, promote good nutrition, and boost cognitive health, the proper nutrients must be consumed through regular, well-balanced mealtimes.
Taste Buds Change
As we age, all sorts of things change. One of those can be your taste buds. Additionally, a change in your sense of smell and taste can be caused by specific medications (or combinations thereof). Try out various types of dairy products, whole grains, vegetables, meats, and fruits to figure out which appeal to you the most.
Intimidation May Be a Factor
If their plates are packed with food, some adults may lose their appetite if they have disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other neurological issues. They may even act out because they feel overwhelmed at the large portions. Use smaller plates and limit serving sizes to battle this predicament. Four or even five times a day, in fact, smaller meals can be served rather than the three basic traditional meals.
Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe Helps You Eat Healthily
Are you having trouble swallowing or chewing? Is your caregiver at a loss as to how to help you? Do you find you are no longer meeting the required nutritional needs to stay healthy? If you can answer yes to any of these for yourself or for a loved one, it’s time to look into the beautiful surroundings and dedicated staff at Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe.
With three distinct communities, chef-prepared meals according to health needs and/or restrictions, and so much more, we are designed to care for you and your loved ones. Wouldn’t it feel great to wake up inspired every morning and have, at your doorstep, a selection of activities, personal support, and enjoyable amenities?
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