Overcoming The Body Limp And No Appetite In The Elderly?
Afternoon,. My grandfather is 75 years old, it’s been only 1 month just lying in bed, my grandfather often does not want to eat but grandfather also often experience nausea, vomiting. Please advise, how do I get my grandfather’s nutritional needs met every day. thank you
Good morning, thanks for the question
Geriatrics is an elderly person who is at risk of acute loss of independence caused by acute / chronic diseases related to physical, psychological, mental, and social limitations.
Geriatrics is more at risk of experiencing nutritional deficiencies because:
1. Reduced muscle mass
2. Loneliness so that appetite is difficult
3. Memory disorders so often forget to eat
4. Physical disabilities that prevent food supply
5. Drug effects
6. Economic conditions
The goal of nutritional therapy in geriatrics is to provide adequate amounts of energy, protein and micronutrients, improve nutritional status, improve activity, improve quality of life to be independent.
Examples of good dietary recommendations to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly consist of vegetables and fruit at least 5 servings a day, carbohydrates (rice, bread, potatoes) of at least 5 small servings a day, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) as much as 3 servings a day, animal protein (meat, fish, chicken) as much as 2 servings a day, sweet and fatty foods should be reduced, and consumption of at least 1.5 liters of water per day.
If your appetite decreases, you can do the following:
- Give food in quantities
less but more often (every 3 hours)
- Give snacks between meals
- Drink after eating, not together to prevent satiety quickly
- Use high-calorie foods
(use full cream milk, add sugar, add butter)
That's all, hope you can help
Wassalam, Dr. Farah