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How can I help my aging mother eat regularly?

It's important for your aging mother to eat regularly, and there are ways you can help her. Appetite loss can be normal for seniors, but it can lead to more serious problems. When Mom isn't eating much, eating well becomes even more important. With your guidance, she can combat appetite loss and stay healthy.

If Mom's stomach isn't growling, it's easy for her to forget to eat. Use these tips to help her get into the habit of eating regularly:
  • Set a regular meal schedule. Whether Mom prefers three big meals or six small meals throughout the day, she should create a schedule and stick to it.
  • Make meals social events. Encourage her to have meals with you and with her friends. It's easier to eat when eating with others. And it's simply more fun!
  • Eat breakfast. Breakfast will wake up her metabolism and stabilize her blood sugar, giving her more energy throughout the day. Does she use lack of time as an excuse? Have her check out meal options that she can eat on the go.
  • Start with a snack or beverage. Even a little bite may wake up her appetite.
  • Have her chew gum or hard candy before eating to combat dry mouth and stimulate hunger signals.
This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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