Often as caretakers, we are focused on providing the essentials for our loved ones – food being a primary essential. It can be hard to detect an “off” few days of eating to what can be potentially more dangerous. Below are signs to look for:
There are many causes for malnutrition in the elderly. As we age, many factors can affect our nutrition. Below are a few factors that can contribute to malnutrition:
If you suspect malnutrition in your loved one, we recommend you contact their doctor. A doctor can help to assess the cause and help to prescribe a plan. There are a TON of premade high-calorie nutrition drinks that are on the market – so many we can donate an entire blog to them. Ranging in price and nutrients, these drinks are available at most grocery stores. If your loved one has limited income or access to meals, we recommend looking into local meal services, like Meals On Wheels. Meals on Wheels’ mission is to “ support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age.” They offer meals delivered to Seniors. At a local level, our CEO and Founder, Mark Baldwin is on the Board of the Meals on Wheels in Sarasota. “Serving Seniors quickly became my passion, whether it’s advocating and locating Senior housing and resources, or serving on the board for Meals On Wheels where we are delivering meals so people can remain healthy and happy living at home. The Meals on Wheels mission is one I personally and professionally align with. I am honored to be able to donate my time to such a great cause and help our neighbors here in Sarasota.”
Are you in need of meal support? You can find your local Meals on Wheels chapter here.
We hope to remind caregivers to be mindful of malnutrition in your elderly loved ones. It can lead to many complications and is a cause for concern. If you are in need of resources or placement support, please contact us.