Why is my aging parent not eating well?

Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine

There are a number of reasons why the appetite of an elderly individual may change. For example, medication, depression and anatomical changes that can affect satiety signals can all be associated with a decline in food consumption. Also age related changes in taste and smell may have an effect on the amount of food someone consumes. Furthermore, gastrointestinal problems can also be said to be a culprit for a decline in food consumption in the elderly. 

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