Getting Dad to eat more

Dad is refusing to eat much since mom died. How can I encourage him to eat more?

Seniors’ taste buds fail as they age, so food does not taste the same. In addition, meal times are social events and he is probably missing eating with your mom. Appetite might also decrease, so try giving four to five small snacks each day instead of sitting down to a large meal. Try sandwiches loaded with protein, vegetables and a creamy dip. There are also high-calorie drinks available. They are not always tasty by themselves but putting the canned drink into a blender with ice cream helps make it into a nutritious smoothie. If changing eating times and patterns doesn’t work then it may be time for a trip to your dad’s doctor. Not eating is a sign of depression, which is common in the elderly, and he may need an antidepressant.

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