Parents of all ages want more than anything to protect their children from difficulty, which at times may mean covering up their own problems. In addition to that, when their loved ones live far away, it can be challenging to really know just how healthy elderly parents are. Various health issues, including nutritional deficiencies in seniors, can arise when least expected.
One of the leading issues of aging is the decline in meeting nutritional requirements. If you suspect your elderly loved ones might not be getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy and well, this quick assessment can help identify potential warning signs:
- Has the senior talked about a loss of appetite, concerns with digesting food, or chewing or swallowing challenges? Has there been a decrease in food ingestion over the past several months due to this?
- Has the older adult experienced a weight reduction over the last few months? Losing weight, specifically for seniors with a more sedentary lifestyle, can indicate that the person is not eating adequately.
- Does the individual have trouble with mobility? Being restricted to the home can lead to nutritional challenges, as it becomes more difficult to get groceries or fix meals.
- Has the older person been under psychological stress or struggled with an acute disease or depression in the past couple of months?
- What is your loved one’s body mass index (BMI)? A BMI of 18.5 or lower may signify that the person is not eating enough, while a BMI of 30 or higher can suggest obesity.
If you find out through answering these questions that someone you love might be experiencing nutritional deficiencies in seniors, it’s a good idea to check in with his or her physician. Specialty Care Services can also help improve health and wellbeing for older adults through services like:
- Meal preparation
- Transportation to doctor appointments
- Light household chores
- Medication reminders
- Specialized care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and chronic illness
- And many more
Our expert providers of Olney care services and senior care in nearby areas are compassionate, background screened and available for as much or as little care as desired. You can get in touch with us online or call our care team at 301-585-6300 to learn more about us and our full service area.