How Can You Start to Detect Appetite Loss?

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There can be so many reasons for your senior to lose her appetite. Many of those reasons are physical and related to her health, but some are related to other aspects of changes she’s experiencing. If she’s too tired to cook, for instance, she’s not going to make that a priority. You may need to do some investigating.

Elderly Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Senior Appetite Loss
Elderly Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Senior Appetite Loss

You’ve Noticed She’s Stopped Cooking

In the past, you might have noticed more about your senior cooking various foods. Maybe she baked or talked to you about recipes that she tried. But now, you might be noticing that she’s not talking about those types of things as much anymore. Or maybe she’s given away some of her cookware. These little signs can help you to spot that she’s approaching cooking and therefore food in a different way.

Your Senior’s Kitchen Seems Understocked

Lots of people peek around in kitchens and pantries, especially those of people they’re close to. Maybe you grab a snack when you stop by your senior’s home to visit. Start paying closer attention to what’s in the pantry and the fridge when you reach in for something to eat. If her kitchen seems to be a little less well-stocked than it ever used to be, there might be a reason. Look also at what exactly is in her pantry and fridge. There might be some changes from what she used to have on hand to a larger amount of convenience options.

Your Senior Is Losing Weight

Something else that can be a bigger clue than you might realize is when your senior starts to lose weight. This is especially important to pay attention to if she’s not trying to lose weight or if she’s already at her ideal weight or below that point. Talk to your senior’s doctor about unexpected weight loss, because there may be even more going on.

She Mentions Her Appetite Is Off

Sometimes your senior tells you things without making a big deal about it. She might make an offhanded comment about not being hungry that day or for a specific meal. That statement on its own might not mean a lot, but if there are similar statements coming from her, that might be a pattern. It’s time to pay a little bit closer attention to see what else might be going on.

The biggest thing to remember is that no appetite likely means that your senior isn’t eating as well as she should. One way you can start to help her to get nutrients into her daily diet is to hire senior care providers. They can take care of meal preparation and other tasks for your senior, which might be enough to start making a difference.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Elderly Care in Fort Lauderdale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.