01 Mar How to avoid lack of appetite in older adults (Hyporexia)
With aging diet changes are common, the intake of meals is reduced and in some cases, until the appetite is lost, sometimes this behavior is taken with normality since the necessities and the physical effort are minor, also strong medications influence and the change of perception on smells and tastes
Another factor that can cause lack of appetite has to do with isolation, some are facing losses or treating diseases, so they are interned frequently and this directly affects their mood.
Even with this, it is very important to monitor these changes because they can be associated with a disease called hyporexia, characterized mainly by lack of appetite.
The main consequence of this condition is malnutrition that has even more serious consequences if you already have a disease such as diabetes, gastritis, hypertension and other diseases that can get worse to the point of complicate on great measure a recovery.
With the above we can take action to prevent the hyporexia that leads to malnutrition with these tips:
- Increase the energy value of foods, including milk powder, cheese or broths in small portions, not increasing the amount they consume.
- Keep your meal schedule and always meet your needs even outside the established hours.
- Increase the number of meals in the day by offering small portions of food, this will help to have more appetite at the next meal.
- Give them time to eat and always in company.
- The food should not be too hot since it causes them to feel satisfied faster and give them foods that are easily chewed.
- Try a diverse menu with attractive flavors.
At CasaMar we take care of our seniors being continually aware of their eating habits. We have specialized chefs and spaces that promote convivence among our residents, we believe that this is the ideal combination their meals will be always a warm and satisfying experience.
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