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Eating Disorders Are Real In The Elderly Community: Senior Care Services Can Assist

Feb 15, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse

If you were to think about an eating disorder, you would like think of a teenager or a young adolescent struggling with their self-esteem. This is because when seniors suffer from an eating disorder, you do not hear about it as often, but it is a serious concern that needs to be addressed. Senior care services are in place to assist those seniors who do need to be monitored or those who need help making and cooking meals for themselves.

Below, our senior care services team will discuss some of the signs that your loved one may have an eating disorder and what you should do if you think there is a problem.

Signs An Eating Disorder May Be Affecting Your Loved One

You will find some of the signs that your loved one may have an eating disorder below. Before you panic, think about whether or not your loved one displays these signs often or not. Sometimes, it is possible for your loved one to lose weight, but an eating disorder is not the cause.

Symptoms and signs include:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold weather or air
  • Change in behavior, especially after consuming a meal
  • Changes in weight, especially those that are rapid
  • Dramatic loss of weight
  • Constant trouble with his or her stomach
  • Trips to the bathroom immediately after consuming food

Senior care services professionals do recommend that you sit your loved one down and attempt to talk to them about any of the concerns that you may have. It is possible that your loved one is just not hungry or suffering from another condition, so do pay attention.

If you would like to speak with a caregiver at Comfort Keepers, do not hesitate to call us. We offer a variety of senior care services that can aid your loved one in cooking meals, eating a nutritious diet, and going to the doctor. 

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