Ways to Increase Appetite in Senior Citizens
Older people often refuse to eat. And the reason for this may be the usual distrust. In this case, you need to make sure that a relative or friend whom they trust feeds the elderly person. It is important to establish contact with the patient, to try to explain to them what will happen if they continue to refuse to drink and eat. If you can not persuade the old person, call the doctor who can prescribe psychotropic drugs that neutralize nervous disorders. If the issue is related to a mental disorder, then after taking such medications the patients’ appetite can be quickly restored.
If the reason is not a nervous breakdown but is caused by advanced age, 4–8 IU of insulin should be administered. This drug stimulates the appetite. Remember that you can not feed the patient by force. So, it is important for you to find the actual reason why an elderly person refuses to eat. Known methods of increasing appetite can be successfully practiced in centers for the elderly and in some intensive care units. Introduction to the menu of products that stimulate thirst, for example, pickled cucumbers may also help. Increased water intake per day provokes appetite.
Some patients, dreaming about their favorite dish, themselves stimulate an increase in appetite, so try to ask the elderly person more often about what they would like to eat. You should not force-feed a bed patient if they sleep a lot. This most likely indicates that the body is trying to recuperate. Often after serious poisoning, as well as in cases of dehydration, patients have no appetite, but there is a strong thirst. They drink water and eat nothing at all. In such cases, do not limit the person to drink since their body tries to restore its own water balance. When thirst decreases, the patient will want to eat.
Medicare Supplements for Seniors: The 2019 Medicare supplement plans tend to cover costs like co-pay, deductible & co-insurance. None of these are covered under Basic Medicare. Thus, they’re also known as Medigap plans.