Getting the elderly who have no appetite to eat can be challenging. There are many reasons why people lose their appetite as they age. However, they still have to eat in order to get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and active. Simple changes can make a big difference. Read on to learn more about the ways to increase appetite in the elderly.
Have a Regular Meal and Snack Schedule
Having fixed regular mealtimes every day will help their body be ready to eat during those times. It is hard for the elderly to feel hungry so it is important to have a fixed snack schedule before mealtime so as not to cause overeating of snacks at inappropriate timing and affect their appetite for proper meals.
Serve Smaller Portions of High Nutrient Foods
Some elderly may be overwhelmed by large amounts of food. Instead of such big plates, give them smaller portions every meal. You can try switching to having five small meals instead of three big ones. You can boost healthy calories by adding in avocado, olive oil, chopped meat, eggs, peanut butter, or soft cheese.
Reduce Need for Utensils
The frustration of not being able to use utensils properly can make them not feel like eating. To help them, you can serve foods that can be eaten without the need for utensils. Some suggestions include:
- Chicken nuggets or strips
- Fish sticks
- Steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, bell pepper strips, or cucumber
Prepare Easy-to-Eat Snacks
Some people would rather graze throughout the day than eat actual meals. This is fine too. You have to keep healthy, easy-to-eat, and delicious snacks around so they can choose from healthy snack options. Some suggestions include:
- Cheese sticks
- Cut fruits
- Full-fat yogurt
- Whole milk
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter and crackers
- Cheese and crackers
Make Milkshakes or Smoothies
If chewing or swallowing is tiring or difficult for them, you can consider serving soft foods such as milkshakes or smoothies. Other suggestions include nutritious soups, hot cocoa, and full-fat milk. These are delicious and will help to provide the nutrition that the elderly need to stay healthy.
Keep Track of What Works
Figure out what works so you can take note of the foods that are best for the elderly you care for. Track the times of the day when they have a better appetite too.
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