As our elderly loved ones age, they can be at risk of a dangerous diagnosis: malnutrition. It’s important to know that it is not necessarily due to lack of access or hunger; many chronic conditions and dietary restrictions contribute as well. For example, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other diseases related to appetite or metabolism could increase the probability of malnutrition in seniors. Awareness of this issue should be taken seriously in order to protect them from any potential health risks. Being prepared gives us peace of mind!
Malnutrition is a significant and ever-growing problem among the elderly, with many indicators and contributing factors.
Common signs of malnutrition include:
- Unplanned weight loss,
- Feeling weak or tired
- Swelling or fluid accumulation
- Reduced appetite or eating very small amounts.
More severe cases may have further symptoms like depression, fatigue, or bruising. Causes range from physical ailments such as poor dental hygiene to cognitive issues. An inability to prepare meals on one’s own due to age can also cause malnutrition in seniors. Furthermore, alcohol abuse has proven itself to be another contributing factor when it comes to malnourishment amongst our elders.
Poor nutrition can have devastating consequences for older adults, resulting in hospitalization, a weakened immune system, or even potential death. Finding an experienced care manager to develop and manage a comprehensive plan of nutritional needs tailored specifically to your loved one’s situation, is the first step towards preventing these life-threatening events from occurring. With their invaluable knowledge on senior care, combined with healthcare resources at hand, they will be able to recognize malnutrition and address associated risks should they arise which can be reassuring to both the aging person and their family. Recognizing changes in your loved one can be difficult when determining what are natural changes and what are new concerns. Having the support of a care manager is beneficial to provide the comfort of knowing you are getting the individualized care you need.
Poor nutrition is a rising problem, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Different solutions like nutritious meals, healthy snacks, supplements, and even professional services such as meal deliveries can make all the difference in your health journey. With just a few simple steps involving your care manager, you can maintain optimal nutritional balance and continue healthy living.
If you or someone in your family are facing concerns about nutrition as you age, please give us a call at 850-894-6720 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.
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