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Home Health Care Specialists Talk Eating Disorders In The Elderly

Sep 14, 2018 by Ian Bongaardt

If you were to take a moment and think about an eating disorder, what would come to mind? Would you think of a senior or a teen? Often times, many people simply assume that eating disorders only affect teens, but they actually do affect the elderly. Home health care professionals warn that eating disorders in seniors can be serious and cause many healthy problems.

Seniors can suffer from bulimia and anorexia, so it is vital that you recognize the signs and talk to your loved one. Home health care professionals want you to know that it is common for eating disorders to remain hidden in seniors because many seniors live alone, so it makes it easy for them to hide the disorder.

Below, our home health care team will present some of the signs and symptoms that may point towards your loved one suffering from an eating disorder.

  • Discoloration or stains on their teeth
  • Trips to the bathroom immediately after a meal is consumed
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, especially cold
  • Constant stomach problems
  • Change in behavior, especially around meal time
  • Dramatic weight loss or rapid changes in appearance or weight

It is important that you understand that seniors can suffer from an eating disorder for a number of reasons. When it comes to the elderly, they do not usually suffer from an eating disorder due to their self-image, but because they cannot complete tasks for themselves anymore and struggle to move around.

The home health care team at Comfort Keepers encourages you to speak with your loved one should you have any concerns about their eating habits or health. You want to approach them in a calm and caring manner, as they can read your emotions.

If you have any questions about the care we offer or how to talk to your loved one about an eating disorder, contact Comfort Keepers today

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