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6 Reasons Why Older Adults May Not Eat Enough (Part 2)


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6 Reasons Why Older Adults May Not Eat Enough (Part 2 of 2)

Good nutrition contributes greatly to a senior's quality of life, and eating only small quantities of food may, on its own, not be a sign of senior malnutrition. If you think a senior loved one doesn't get enough calories, is losing weight or appears malnourished, then it is wise to seek ways to help.

Once you identify the underlying reasons why an older adult isn’t eating well, then you can take the steps outlined above to help get him or her back on the path to wellness. Refer to our earlier blog article ‘6 Reasons Why Older Adults May Not Eat Enough (Part I)’ to identify why your parent or senior loved one is not eating well.

10 Tips to Help an Aging Loved One (with or without dementia) at mealtime

  • Focus on what the older adult likes to eat rather than the idea of perfect nutrition. Unless there are medical reasons for a specific diet, it's important that they eat for pleasure and get enough calories.
  • Serve micro meals throughout the day instead of the "big three."
  • Serve plates of food to everyone at the table, rather than setting out food so that people can help themselves family-style.
  • Plate the food for the person with dementia so that it's already at their place when seated.
  • Serve a plate with food already cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Don't put too much food on the plate; it can seem overwhelming.
  • Season liberally with herbs and other flavourings to make food more enticing.
  • Monitor the plate through the meal, so you can offer seconds (or different types of food) as needed; the person may not be able to ask.
  • Monitor that the person is indeed eating; you may need to remind him or her throughout the meal.
  • Serve finger foods such as sandwiches if managing silverware (getting fork to mouth, for instance) is becoming difficult.

 

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