"I just can't eat as much as I used to"
Have you heard your elderly parent or spouse saying this a little more frequently?
It's common for a senior's appetite to decrease over time, and there can be a number of different reasons why; low energy, decrease in sense of taste and/or smell, oral health issues, medications, etc.
Overall, if activity levels decrease, so do the number of calories needed. The caution here is that this can become somewhat of a vicious circle; decreased appetite means fewer calories eaten which depletes energy reserves, which in turn, lowers the ability to maintain previous levels of activity. Lower activity decreases the body's demand for calories, and hence, a decrease in appetite.
Eating the same volume of food as they used to is not as important as making sure the food they do eat is "nutritionally dense". Remember, the nutrients in the amount of food your loved is no longer eating somehow have to shift over to what they are eating. Food choice and quality, along with supplementation are then critical to ensure they're getting all the nutrients they need on a daily basis.
For more information, please check out the article on Aging with Grace's website, https://www.agingwithgrace.ca/single-post/2017/08/07/Healthy-Aging-at-Home-Tips---Fall-Prevention-Series---Poor-Diet
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