For aged adults or your loved ones with no appetite, mealtimes can be challenging. There are a variety of reasons why some aged adults lose their appetite or refuse to eat, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re concerned about them and their nutritional needs. The first and most crucial step is to rule out significant health conditions, side effects from medicines, or dental issues as the source of their appetite loss. If none of these concerns are driving your loved one’s loss of appetite, trying different approaches to get them to eat may be your best bet. Be patient, creative, and keep experimenting. Do your best to not become frustrated or discouraged. Here are some tips you may want to consider.
Meals Tailored to Specific Needs
By establishing a consistent daily schedule and serving meals at approximately the same time every day, the bodies of aged adults become used to eating at those times. You should not rely on their capacity to feel hunger as it often declines with age. Some individuals would rather graze throughout the day than eat complete meals, which can be catered to by ensuring that a supply of delicious, healthy, and easy-to-eat snacks is available at all times. Liquids like soups, smoothies, milk, and milkshakes are a good alternative for aged adults who have difficulties chewing. Everyone’s tastes and preferences vary, so keeping track of what your loved one enjoys is key.
Regulate Water Intake
Dehydration can suppress one’s appetite, so it is critical for aged adults to stay hydrated. Some liquids are required to help with swallowing and making food moist but providing a lot of fluids at mealtimes might fill seniors up too much, leaving them unable to eat much. The bulk of beverages should be consumed after meals. Aged adults should also be encouraged to cultivate healthy habits by drinking water between meals.
Stimulate The Senses
Sitting down to a pleasant setting and good company at dinnertime can greatly boost one’s appetite. Our surroundings can affect our mood for the better. Likewise, aged adults who dine in a relaxed atmosphere may feel more inclined to eat better. Foods that are bland will also do nothing to stimulate the appetite, especially for aged adults with less sensitive taste buds. Stronger flavors and generous seasonings are likely to be more appealing. For aged adults who are able to safely consume alcohol, having a small amount of beer or wine before a meal can also help to boost their appetite. Here at Conservatory At Plato, we offer delectable restaurant-style gourmet meals prepared by professional chefs in a stylish dining environment. Residents are welcome to choose from an extensive selection of menu items. There is also a daily social hour during which residents can enjoy complimentary wine and beer, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
Live Well and In Good Health at Conservatory At Plano
Here at Conservatory At Plano, residents’ health and wellness are our top priority. If you are interested to find out more about the amenities and lifestyle programs we offer, contact us, and our team will be more than happy to guide you, schedule a tour, and answer any questions you might have.