Elder Care in Nutley, NJ: Nutritional Drinks

Malnutrition and being extremely thin is dangerous in the elderly population. When you are providing home care for the elderly and your aging loved one hasn’t been eating very much, you may be thinking about giving her those drinks they call nutrition supplements. But are they healthy? Is it the right thing to do?

Elder Care in Nutley, NJWeight loss among the elderly is a very serious issue which should not be taken lightly. Geriatric experts agree that a can of nutritional supplement drink should not be used as a meal replacement in lieu of real food. It is exactly what it says – a supplement.

It is always best to work with the elderly adult’s doctor when determining nutritional needs. There could be underlying problems which are causing the lack of appetite, and they should be addressed quickly. Some of those may include ulcers, depression, dementia, thyroid disease, ill-fitting dentures. All of these conditions are treatable and should be addressed for what they are. Many times when the underlying cause of under eating has been solved, the appetite will return to previously healthy levels.

Sometimes there is no apparent cause for the elderly person to lose interest in food. Maybe they just need an eating companion, or something different to eat occasionally. The elderly adult from another country may like to have some foods prepared that are indigenous to his culture. That may spark his interest in food once again.

The elderly who are very frail may have different nutritional requirements. They shouldn’t necessarily adhere to the same low-calorie or low-fat diet that is followed by the general population. If there has been weight loss, the frail adult should be making sure there is adequate caloric intake. In other words, they should be able to eat whatever they like. Go ahead and incorporate cheese, peanut butter, eggs and even ice cream into their diet. There’s no need to give them low-fat food options.

The doctor should also be consulted about the nutrition drinks because there are some dangerous drug interactions which can take place. For example, some vitamins react negatively with blood thinners such as Coumadin. Always let the doctor know every kind of supplement and medication the elder is taking so he can help you avoid dangerous interactions.

Don’t use nutrition drinks as a magic fix for under-eating. When they are used as a supplement or dietary aid they aren’t bad, but should not be used to replace meals for the elderly, especially the frail.

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