Reasons Why Your Elderly Loved Ones Refuse to Eat


Refusal to eat is a common precursor to malnutrition for your grandparents. Lack of adequate food intake decreases energy and will cause significant health problems and, probably, mortality. Reasons for refusing to eat are complex and have the following causes:

  • Digestive problems

A gastrointestinal disorder or infection results in a refusal to eat. Reduction of appetite may also be due to changes in hormone production.

  • Oral and dental issues

Dental issues such as ill-fitting dentures will cause difficulty chewing and swallowing foods. Oral cancer and mouth and throat infections are the most severe problems.

  • Mental conditions

Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementia types negatively affect their eating habits. They may need watchful home care assistance during this time, for other than not eating, they might do something unpleasant or hurt themselves.

  • Loneliness due to the loss of a loved one

Memories of a lost loved one may cause depression, anxiety, and intensified loneliness. Having nobody to eat with may cause them to lose their appetite and refuse food intake. A home caregiver can prepare nutritional meals if you may hire one for your loved ones.

  • Approaching their last days

If your grandparents refuse to eat, that is a sign that they are nearing the last days of their lives. Thus, they must receive proper home care for seniors in the remaining days of their lives.

Care at home services is a great way to help seniors manage their health and return to their lively and healthy selves. Our friendly professionals at Peachtacular Home Health Care will take care of their health issues by proper medication administration following their doctor’s advice and prescriptions. And make meals enjoyable.

If you want to know the best home care Vancouver has to offer, call us at +1-778-859-2695.

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