Your senior might have slowed down a lot with her eating habits, eventually to the point that she has no appetite at all. That’s something that isn’t sustainable, so you need to find a solution.
Start with a Trip to the Doctor
It’s always a good idea to talk to your elderly family member’s doctor when something has changed for her, especially something big like her eating habits. There might be some variables like medication changes that could have affected her appetite without either of you realizing it. Her doctor can also rule out other potential problems.
Make a List of What She Might Eat
Sit down with your elderly family member and figure out if there’s anything that makes her mouth water and stimulates her appetite. There might be one or two foods that she’ll always eat, no matter what. They might be things like a chocolate milkshake, pudding, or scrambled eggs. You have to start somewhere.
Keep Snacks Handy
Once you figure out some things that your senior will eat, make sure that you keep them handy. When they’re easy for her to access, she’s going to be a lot more likely to eat them, even if she’s not really hungry at the time. Make her snacks a mix of the foods that she definitely will eat and foods that you’re testing out with her.
Get as Many Nutrients into Each Meal as Possible
Your senior might not be eating a lot, but you can pack as much nutrition into those foods as you can. Adding peanut butter or whole fat dairy to the milkshakes your senior will actually drink can help her to get some extra nutrition. Also, if she’ll drink a milkshake, try branching out to fruit and vegetable smoothies. Get creative and slip nutrients in where you can.
Tweak What Doesn’t Work and Keep What Does
There’s a lot of trial and error to all of this. You’re going to have to pay attention to what’s working for your elderly family member and what isn’t. If there are things you’re trying that aren’t working, do what you can to adjust those to get them to a point where they do work. Anything that does work is something you should keep doing.
Keeping up with all of this can be difficult for you and for your elderly family member. Having someone else help out with the cooking can be a real saving grace. Senior care providers can help you to make sure that your senior has the foods that she’ll eat available whenever she’s able to eat.
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