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Nutrition for Older Adults: Appetite and Nutrition

Decreased Appetite

Decreased appetite can get in the way of good nutrition. Many factors can decrease appetite including:

  • Social changes.
  • Emotional changes.
  • Physical changes.
  • Use of some medicines.

Tips if Appetite Decreases

  • Eat meals at regular times.
  • Allow ample time for meals.
  • Have the main meal at breakfast or lunch when appetite is larger.
  • Try smaller more frequent meals.
  • Try between meal snacks or nutrition supplements.
  • Eat with friends and family.
  • Eat at the senior meal site.
  • Make meal time pleasant.
    • Include favorite foods.
    • Have special event meals.
    • Use colorful placemats.
    • Play music at mealtime.
    • Eat by a window with a view.
  • Use herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of foods.
  • Participate in physical activity each day to increase appetite.
  • Some medicines can affect appetite. Check with your doctor about the medicines you use.

Sources

Whitney, E.N. & Rolfes, S.R. (2015). Understanding Nutrition, 14th ed., Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.

 

Bernstein, M., & Munoz, N. (2016). Nutrition for the Older Adult, 2nd ed., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.

 

Brown, J.E. (2014) Nutrition through the Life Cycle, 5th ed., Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT.

 

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