How to Make Senior Citizens with No Appetite Eat?
As a person grows older many changes take place in their bodies. This results in the decline of appetite. When senior citizens don’t wish to eat for longer durations or say they don’t feel hungry, the first thing to do is to ensure they are not suffering from any serious medical problems.
Too many medicines and food restrictions can be one of the reasons they lose appetite. If the disinterest is not a result of medical complication, here are some of the ways to make them have some food without putting too much pressure on them. Also, keep track of their likes, dislikes, and allergies.
- Age reduces the ability to digest food faster. Senior citizens cannot eat as a young person does. Serve them food in smaller portions. They can have 5 smaller meals instead of 3 larger ones. Make sure to maintain the nutritional values intact.
Have a Schedule
- Having a schedule of snack times, lunch and dinner will help adjust their body clock accordingly. Do not depend on their hunger pangs. Stick to the schedule unless there has been a change in their health.
Do Not Use Utensils
- If a food requires utensils such as a spoon, fork, knife, etc. it could make them not want to eat. Senior citizens prefer it easy without too much fuss and serving finger food is one of the best ways to make them eat.
Soft Food and Liquids
- Chewing can be tiring for some of them. Liquids such as hot and cold soups, milkshakes, smoothies, made from fruits, vegetables, etc. can be used as substitutes. Instead of asking them to eat a banana, serve them a banana smoothie.
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