One of the biggest challenges when caring for an aging in place elderly loved one is getting them to eat enough. Millions of older Americans experience a loss of appetite that places their health and wellbeing at risk because their body isn’t getting the daily nutrients it needs.

If you’re currently caring for a senior who has a loss of appetite, it’s frustrating when they won’t eat no matter what dishes you prepare. Don’t give up. Instead, use the following strategies to help your loved one rediscover that healthy appetite they once had.

Why Seniors Experience Anorexia

The term “anorexia” describes anyone who’s lost their appetite, including seniors. Here are some of the main reasons why older adults become anorexic:

  • A short-term illness
  • Changing taste buds
  • Chewing or swallowing discomfort
  • Depression and loneliness
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Side effects from certain medications, like chemotherapy drugs

In addition, several medical conditions can cause a loss of appetite, including:

Most times, when a senior loses their appetite it’s not an eating disorder, but rather an indication of a more serious health problem like one of those listed above. As a result, when you first no