For all ages, malnutrition is a serious health issue. But seniors who live alone are more prone to this problem. Knowing the warning signs of malnutrition and ways to help an aging adult avoid poor nutrition are very important. Services under senior care can help you with this issue.
Family and professional caregivers can learn the signs and risks of malnutrition among seniors. They can also help promote a nutrient-rich diet. When a senior has malnutrition, he or she is susceptible to more serious conditions such as having a weak immune system which increases the risk of infections, poor wound healing that may be very harmful to diabetics, muscle weakness, and decreased bone mass that can lead to falls and fractures, a higher risk of hospitalization, and an increased risk of death.
With our home health care in Woburn, Massachusetts, all of the aforementioned problems can be avoided. But family caregivers can also address malnutrition on their own. Malnutrition is caused by taking too little food or having a diet that lacks nutrients. This may be a result of changes in the senior’s taste, smell, and appetite, disease-related inflammation, dementia, medications, and depression. So, when caring for seniors, one must regularly monitor their weight, keenly observe their habits, do meal preparation daily or weekly, keep track of their medications, and encourage regular physical activity. There are also mealtime strategies you can follow that encourage seniors’ appetite. Use a variety of nutrient-rich foods so that they don’t easily get bored with their meals. Try using herbs and spices to add flavor. Choose healthy snacks in between meals and don’t forget to include nutritional supplements.