I am primary caregiver and went on vacation for two weeks, I was told Mom was eating well but since I've come home she seems to be eating less and less. When she does eat, especially at dinner, she looks like she is having a hard time breathing and eating or possibly in some type of pain, she denies either, but she refuses to tell us when she is ill because she does not want to go to the doctor or hospital. I do not think she is eating much more than 1 to 1 1/2 cups of food total during the day,
She has dementia, is 85 and weighs about 95 pounds. She takes meds for arrhythmia and coumadin for blood thinner.
As an elderly person I know their food intake can go down and if its hot no one may feel like eating much, but the seemingly labored breathing thing has me worried and I wonder if it could actually be her heart or what?