Nutritional shakes: are they OK for your older loved one?

March 14th, 2012 No Comments

Is your mom or dad losing weight? Weight loss can be common in seniors (a leading sign of frailty), but is not considered a normal part of aging. Sometimes, caregivers may think that giving their loved one a nutritional shake such as Boost or Ensure will take the place of a nutritious meal. While the drinks may be good as snacks or used in conjunction to the regular meal (check with their doctor to confirm there aren’t special considerations), it’s always best to have the elder eat a nutritious meal.

Other tips on nutrition for seniors who are experiencing weight loss:

  • A low-fat, low-calorie diet isn’t necessary (unless directed by a doctor)
  • Encourage the elder to eat smaller meals more frequently, even before bed
  • Encourage them to eat what they like
  • Check with the doctor for reasons which may be causing the weight loss: thyroid disease, depression, ulcers, dementia, or denture problems

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