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Just saw this: https://thegeriatricdietitian.com/storefront/
Check with the insurance company to see what benefits are available to help remedy this situation, I'm pretty sure malnutrition would be considered an ailment, if not a health emergency.
I wish you success. It is not easy to see your LO get frail.
In this case I think the value partially, perhaps primarily, lies with the enjoyment your mom might receive from favorite foods.
The albumin blood test is helpful in understanding what is going on and is usually part of normal blood work. When my dads albumin was low his ankles collected fluid. His dr prescribed an appetite stimulate which helped him gain weight and his appetite and weight returned to normal. His favorite food was malts.
The stimulates can have side effects though we didn’t notice any. The one my dad was on was Megace.
DH aunt is on it now. It is helping her. She was on Periactin which did nothing to help.
This link has natural remedies listed as well as explaining the prescription choices.
Frailty is supposed to be helped by an egg a day. I always did a soft scramble or an egg and milk pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers (banana pudding) such as a simple vanilla pudding or egg custard.
This recipe allows you to make enough egg custard at one time to last for a few days. Wouldn’t last long around me. I like it warm.
I've gotten my mom's weight to flit around here and there but the amount she needs to eat to gain weight, which is delivered in a 'browsing' style by me endlessly dropping snack of fruits, nuts, etc on her tray, packs of cookies, cheese crackers, candy, etc ... she will end up eating herself sick, (which is STILL a small amount of food to a normal person) and then it's the opposite way for awhile. Food stops re-building us after awhile, and as she doesn't move much she doesn't need much energy. Pretty sure her lungs, burning energy like a marathon runner at this stage, are powered by sweet-tarts and tootsie roll pops.
Seriously though, at least in my mom's case "putting on weight" just isn't really possible, all the 'tricks' to make her eat just make her uncomfortable feeling, which then assigns a negative connotation to mealtime.
Besides the candy and junk-food everything else is cooked from scratch at home (but I'm not churning my own butter levels of 'scratch'). I guess there's some badness in regards to the level of sodium, sugar, and fats added to processed foods that don't work out well once we get older. it a lot of work cooking from scratch but i was already doing it before mom moved in so. there's likely healthier processed options that might work.
Try speaking with a dietician. They are trained in nutrition. You can call a hospital near you and ask to speak with the dietitian on staff. My mom’s doctor told me to do this and the dietitian was willing to speak with me.
It’s challenging to find ways for the elderly without an adequate appetite to eat. Best wishes to you.
As we age we tend to lose our sense of taste. One big surprise for me, I use to love pizzas, but now I just don't care for the taste.
One thing elders can still taste are sweets. I remember my Mom's [in her 90's] grocery list for her and my Dad.... the vast majority of her grocery list was chocolate chip muffins, Little Debbie's, blueberry pie, whip cream, vanilla fudge ice cream, Pepperidge Farm cookies, etc. Yes, she had healthy items but not many.
Therefore, if an elder wants ice cream for breakfast, ask if they want one scoop or two :)