Have plenty of easy-to-eat snacks on hand Some seniors prefer to graze throughout the day rather than eat full meals. Keep plenty of healthy, delicious, and easy-to-eat snacks available. After all, the challenge is to get enough calories into them. Make milkshakes or smoothies If chewing is difficult or tiring, even with small pieces of food, consider serving more liquid-y foods. Warning: This is not a solution for those with dysphagia swallowing problems.
Getting seniors who have no appetite to eat is a big challenge. Im now caring for my Dad after he had a stroke. His appetite has been bad, he complains nothing tastes good. I love the smoothie idea and hope he likes it too.
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Thank you so much! So glad these suggestions are helpful! I have found that pureed cream soups work well. I use heavy whipping cream for the calorie density. This is not helping my issue. Her appetite is nothing is appealing.
And when she does try.. I now axienty and stress has a lot to do with it. But her foods are not what u mention. Smoothies is a no. Milkshakes yes.. She needs the nutrients in her daily meals. I well just have to try on my own. You may want to consult a doctor to find out the cause of her lack of appetite and her swallowing problems.
My mother had the same issues. She ended up being weak and went to hospital with her potassium and sodium being really low. She complained that everything got stuck in her throat as she ate less and less and got weak.
Hospital ran tons of test and said her throat was good but she had beginning stages of dementia. They told me to have her swallow hard as they though liquid was remaining had the base of her throat a little, maybe from allergies. We later found out she had thrush and she was given medicine for it. I try and give her yogurt.
I got her the tasty fruit flavored yogurt and put it in a bowl and told her it was pudding. She tried it and liked it. Although she had always said she hated yogurt. Off and on she has the thinks get stuck in her throat and I tell her to swallow hard and it seems to work so that she eats enough.
The smoothie idea is great. I can add coconut oil to them easily which seems helpful for her.
I have found that cutting food into smaller pieces, using processors to soften or puree some foods can mean the difference between eating one or two bites or more. I also add honey or Xylitol to sweeten some things and that seems helpful.
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