Weight Loss in the Elderly

  • How to Sneak Calories and Nutrients into a Senior's Diet

    A dietitian with caregiving experience offers her tips on cooking for an aging loved one whose diet is complicated by medical conditions and changing nutritional needs.

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  • Mom lives alone and looks severely malnourished. How do I know if she's eating?

    Elderly nutrition is very important because without eating elderly can easily get malnourished. As seniors age, eating becomes more of a chore than a pleasure for some elderly people.

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  • Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

    When the person you are caring for has stopped eating or only picks at the food on their plate, your first reaction is to push them to eat. Instead, consider the underlying reasons for their diminished appetite and how they can be addressed.

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  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Help Seniors Who've Lost Sense of Smell, Hearing, Vision

    Older adults often start to lose their senses as they age, making them more susceptible to injury and harm.

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  • 5 High-Calorie Foods Your Elder Will Enjoy

    Working around age-related changes in appetite and food preferences can be tricky for family caregivers. Try these tasty tips to help your loved one maintain a healthy weight and get the vital nutrients they need.

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  • 9 Nutrition Tips During Cancer Treatment

    Eating is often difficult for a cancer-stricken senior. But the weakness and fatigue associated with not getting enough nutrients can give cancer the upper hand. Learn how to make sure your loved one is getting the food they need.

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  • Treating Arthritis: How to Stop Joint Pain

    Seniors suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis. Rest, exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect the joints are key to living with any kind of arthritis.

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  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but, if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider hiring in-home care.

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  • 10 Worst Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

    When fighting cancer, many of the most effective treatments can be accompanied by debilitating side effects. Here's how caregivers can help.

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  • Think Twice About Giving Seniors Nutrition Drinks or Shakes

    Family members may be at a loss when a loved one barely eats or stops eating altogether. Nutrition shakes seem like a quick and easy remedy, but they may actually do more harm than good.

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  • Why Seniors’ Tastes Change with Age

    Many older adults experience a loss of taste and no longer enjoy the foods they once loved. Depending on the underlying cause, a doctor may be able to suggest treatment options and methods of coping with this problem.

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  • Quick and Healthy Foods for Seniors Who Are Picky Eaters

    Much to their caregivers’ dismay, many seniors experience appetite loss and even refuse to eat as they get older. Keep these tasty, nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods on hand to entice your loved one to eat and help them maintain a healthy weight.

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