Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors — Family Caregiver Quick Tip

Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors — Family Caregiver Quick Tip

Caregivers of seniors are often concerned with the vulnerability of their family members to developing malnutrition as they age and their intakes begin to decline.

Malnutrition in our seniors is estimated to affect one in four older adults.

Not eating right can affect the ability of our seniors to remain independent.

Poor eating habits can affect them physically and mentally, causing loss of muscle strength, improper balance, increased falls, difficulty driving, weight loss, and confusion.

Tips to Increase Food Intake

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips for family caregivers:

  1. Provide plenty of healthy foods and snacks; keep the foods accessible
  2. Flavor foods with fresh herbs and spices avoiding salt
  3. Offer prepackaged supplements when meals are refused or taken poorly
  4. Promote daily exercise, even a little bit throughout the day, to help stimulate appetite and keep muscles strong
  5. Plans social engagements centered around eating and exercise

Hopefully these reminders will give your senior a boost in his or her health!

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