Many caregivers struggle to get an older or ill Care recipient (cr) to eat one common nutritional problem that can affect crs in poor health is cachexia-anorexia and it especially involves those in advanced stages of alzheimer’s cancer and aids cachexia-anorexia is a syndrome in which involuntary weight loss occurs the crs with this disorder are wasting-away from the lack of vitamins and nutrients the syndrome can be attributed to cancer treatments medications and physiological problems like an obstructing tumor in the gastrointestinal track or psychological problems like depression it is also possible the person you are caring for has a loss of appetite simply from not feeling well the following are tips to get the cr to eat

Try: Keep the cr hydrated- make sure the cr has plenty of water to avoid dehydration which can lead to appetite suppression instead of three large meals a day which can look overwhelming to someone in poor health serve six smaller meals a day serve soft foods such as pudding ice cream or fruit smoothies because they can be tasty and easy to digest try to serve good foods to the cr don’t serve bland or sour tasting foods present appetizing looking meals by accenting the plate with a garnish also make the dining experience pleasant for the cr by playing soft music or talking to them about the day’s events while they are eating to take their minds off not feeling well try herbal appetite-enhancing teas or appetite stimulating medicines keep a food diary for the cr and include what food they have problems or complications digesting and their daily food menus and review it with their doctor or dietician for feedback this hopefully will determine any foods that are causing the cr appetite problems try and get the cr moving to work up an appetite if overall exercise such as walking isn’t possible have the cr do simple movements

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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