There are many reasons that seniors—people over the age of 65—find themselves dining alone frequently. However, it may be taking a toll on their health and well-being to eat most meals without company.
Risks of Eating Alone Risks
It’s tempting to let things be and allow someone their privacy to eat in a way that they find acceptable. Unfortunately, when people eat alone all of the time, they are more susceptible to problems like malnutrition and depression.
What happens when people have every meal alone?
When someone has company for meals regularly, they are less likely to feel lonely and therefore depressed or become ill from not eating properly.
Let’s take a look at why this isolation might be happening in order to find a solution:
If you are concerned about a loved one not eating well, start a conversation to see if one of the above issues is their concern and how you can help them overcome the problem, if possible. The key might be changing a medication, creating a plan for meals with a variety of folks they know and care about, or establishing meal delivery.
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