Eating Disorders at Old Age

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It’s a fact that people, as they get older, tend to eat less and less. Weight loss and undernutrition take hold due to the “feeling full” hormone. See how to remediate this.

In this picture, the hormone called PYY is the one to blame, especially at seniors over 80. As stated by Stats Canada, people aged 65 or older have a 34% risk of anorexia. But another reason is eating alone and skipping the main meals.

Nutritional experts offer a different approach to food for the family and caregivers. When we are young, we opt for bigger meals with a low number of calories. But seniors choose little portions, which means filling up with more nutrients and calories each dish.

Such meals should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich foods, vitamins, and minerals, as well as plenty of healthy protein for muscle retention. Sweet potatoes, rice, and corn are also essential to assure proper nutrition.

The easiest thing to do is to make sure you have a colourful plate. For example, a green vegetable, a red vegetable, limited starch and four ounces of lean protein.

How to Make Food Tasty Again?

On the other side, health problems and a sedentary life induce a poor appetite. If there are any inconveniences like swallowing difficulties, dental issues, and a dry mouth, they can interfere with typical cooked meals. In this case, there are still plenty of alternatives in making the food appealing, like cooking softer meat, including sauces, etc.

To keep the heart of our loved seniors healthy, include omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, which can be found in fatty fish – salmon or arctic char – flaxseed, walnuts, cereals, avocado, and flaxseed oil as part of salad dressings.

Taste-booster as olive oil, fresh herbs, citrus and spice rubs can fill in for the harmful fats and salt.

HERE is a lunch dish perfect for seniors when you’re running out of inspiration.


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