Not Hungry

While many older adults say they just don't have an appetite, there's no single cause for that complaint. As noted, sensory loss plays a role. Some have digestive problems that cause appetite loss. And medication or health problems also may be a cause. For some, the problem is psychological: loneliness, depression, or anxiety, among others.

Regardless, people who don't eat adequately increase their chances for poor nutrition and its negative consequences. To perk up a tired appetite:

  • Try to identify the problem. If certain foods cause heartburn or gas, find alternatives. Talk to your doctor about your medication; if it's the cause, something else might be prescribed.
  • Eat four to six smaller meals; keep portions small. You may take seconds if you're hungry for more. And smaller meals may be easier to digest.
  • Give yourself enough time to eat. Rushing through a meal can cause discomfort.
  • To get your digestive juices flowing, serve foods hot. Heat brings out the aroma of food, usually making it more enticing.
  • Make your overall meal look appealing. Food that's attractively arranged and served may help bring your appetite back!
  • If possible, increase your physical activity. That may promote a healthier appetite.
  • If you're confined to bed, ask someone to help keep your room pleasant. Remove bedpans and other unpleasant things. Enjoy a plant, and turn on some music!
Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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