For older adults, failure to thrive is an all too common problem. It’s not a single disease or medical condition, or even a diagnosis, but rather a change in condition that is a syndrome of weight loss, decreased appetite, inactivity and poor nutrition, often accompanied by dehydration, depressive symptoms, impaired immune function, and low cholesterol, according to the National Institute of Aging.
Encouraging and assisting older adults in maintaining proper nutrition and promoting physical and social activity can help increase quality of life for older adults. Live Free Home Health Care is ready to assist. Contact us to learn how we can help your loved one thrive at home.
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Creative Nutrition: Solutions for Failure-to-Thrive Patients
This article provides good information on nutritional and activity needs for older adults who are failing to thrive.
Geriatric Depression Scale
Depression is one of the symptoms of geriatric failure to thrive. The Geriatric Depression Scale is a well-tested way to help determine if it is time for an older adult to seek help from a physician.
Pet Therapy Provides Far-reaching Results for Older Adults
Between encouraging exercise and soothing depression, pet therapy can encourage better health for seniors.
Benefits of Creative Activities for the Elderly
Older adults involved in creative activities experience a higher quality of life with improved mental functioning. This article explores some of the other benefits of creative activities for the elderly.
How Older Adults Can Stay Socially Engaged as They Age
Experts say that staying active and social can enhance a person’s life as he or she gets older and help stave off conditions such as dementia and depression. This article gives some helpful tips on how seniors can stay socially engaged as they age.