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Malnutrition: What Causes It and How to Prevent It

Nutrients – like fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals – are essential for our overall health and wellness. Not getting enough of these can result in malnutrition, also called undernutrition. Caregivers in Connecticut will tell you that malnutrition can result in a weaker immunity. Additionally, seniors can experience weight loss and decreased muscle and bone mass, resulting in falls and fractures.

Senior loved ones should get enough of these nutrients to maintain their health. Unfortunately, malnutrition is a common occurrence among individuals aged 60 years old and above. In our experience as a Home Care Agency in Orange, Connecticut, we have observed the following as causes for malnutrition:

  • Effects of medicine on one’s appetite
  • An underlying health problem, such as dental health problems, stomach ulcers, etc.
  • Disabilities and injuries that hinder seniors from shopping or preparing meals
  • Forgetfulness due to the effects of mental health issues, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s

There are ways we can combat malnutrition. Some of these include planning healthy meals for the whole week. Moreover, monitoring weight ensures that senior loved ones are getting the necessary food intake they require. Keeping track of medications can also help determine side effects. Moreover, encouraging physical exercise can increase their appetite.

We at Amity Home Care want to help all our clients achieve good nutrition. We feel that, as a provider of Homemaker Services in Florida, we have the expertise and experience to do so. If you want to know more, contact us!