How To Spot And Avoid Malnutrition In Seniors

Published July 15, 2015 in Senior Nutrition  By  Covered Caregiver Information Desk
Senior Nutritions

Maintaining good nutrition habits is the key to a long and healthy life, yet many seniors are sorely lacking in this department. There are different reasons for nutrition deficiency in seniors – some have never developed the habit of good nutrition while others might never have or have had limited access to it. This tendency can lead to many other health issues that are influenced by malnutrition. The best way to avoid this common issue is to be aware of how malnutrition is caused and it’s warning signs. Even more, you must also ensure that your loved one’s diet is rich in nutrients.

There are a variety of problems caused by malnutrition. Seniors who are not receiving proper nutrition typically have weakened immune systems and muscle structure, leaving them more susceptible to bone fractures and diseases. For example, if a senior is suffering from open wounds malnutrition tends to slow the healing process. Additionally, seniors suffering from malnutrition lose interest in eating and drinking, and can only exacerbate the issue.

While the idea of malnutrition may seem straightforward and easy to fix it by simply giving the person more to eat, it is usually brought on by a number of factors. Other health related issues such as dementia, oral pain, a lessened sense of taste and side effects from medication could cause malnutrition.