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Doctor insights on: Foods That Help Elderly People Gain Weight

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Elderly male sleeping up to 16 hrs/day, misses out on breakfast, lunch. Usually eats a lot of food at dinner, but still losing weight. Reasons?

Elderly male sleeping up to 16 hrs/day, misses out on breakfast, lunch. Usually eats a lot of food at dinner, but still losing weight. Reasons?

Inadequate nutrition: When evaluating weight loss, we start w/basics: Can they afford food? Is that person getting enough to eat? Eating a lot of food at dinner may not make up for missed calories from 2 meals. We also want to assess ability to chew & swallow food. In this case, I'd also want to find out why he's sleeping 16hrs/d, which is twice avg am't. After that, then we look for hyperthyroidism, cancer & other dz

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Elderly dementia male excessive sleeping, no breakfast or lunch, losing weight. Drank 32 oz milkshake, 1/2 sandwich, little soup, water. Enuf food?

Elderly dementia male excessive sleeping, no breakfast or lunch, losing weight. Drank 32 oz milkshake, 1/2 sandwich, little soup, water. Enuf food?

Poor nutrition in: The diet you mention, not the amount that is the real issue. Please see a nutritionist who can help you create a good food plan. Every meal needs to contain protein, fats, and carbs. Lots of good fats helpful to the brain. These are things like olive oil, coconut oil. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health.

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What are symptoms and signs of vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

What are symptoms and signs of vitamin d nutrition in the elderly?

Almost anything: Vitamin d is responsible for many things in all our body cells. It is now regarded as the commonest vitamin deficiency and is really a hormone made in the skin from sunlight exposure. We are seeing many diseases related to it. It is no longer "just a bone nutrient" and the blood level of d3 should be between 60 and 80.

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How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

Consult a doctor: Weight gain in the elderly can signifiy something medically wrong or even a medication side effect. It is important to have medical evaluation to determine correct diagnosis and approach. Hopefully this will provide answers and some steps to take.

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What foods are best for elderly people, in terms of being easy to digest?

What foods are best for elderly people, in terms of being easy to digest?

Anything but fiber: By definition, fiber is indigestible. However, it's still necessary for all of us to maintain proper bowel function. While there isn't any specific best food, there are plenty to avoid or at least consume minimally or in moderation eg fast, fried, snack, salty etc. Regardless of age, we still need to eat fruits & vegetables, protein of some sort plus whole grains, dairy etc. Let's not forget H2O

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What to do if I have an elderly relative who has lost her ability to taste food?

What to do if I have an elderly relative who has lost her ability to taste food?

Evaluate smell: The loss of the ability to taste may decline slightly as we age- perhaps explaining why some elders like more sweets or salty things. However, the decrease in smell may also have something to do with it. Hav your senior evaluated by an ENT. Other more serious conditions may include brain pathology including tumors.

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What are the top ten phone/ipad apps (other than health tap of course!) that would benefit an elderly person taken care of by a non-medical health aide? Apps that could connect family members to stay up to date on (1) medications schedule and (2) weight/b

What are the top ten phone/ipad apps (other than health tap of course!) that would benefit an elderly person taken care of by a non-medical health aide? Apps that could connect family members to stay up to date on (1) medications schedule and (2) weight/b

Try these. ..: Not sure about "top 10", but I do like: Elder 411 (for caretaker role), Elder 911 (for caretaker emergencies), WebMD Mobile (RX & other info) & iPharmacy Pro (RX info), iBiomed (track medical & RX info; can share data), Pain Care (track pain episodes, & care team-doctors, therapists, family), Kindle (read novel at doctor appts, Pocket First Aid & CPR ($3.99), Balance ($0.99; Alzheimer resource)

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Weight loss in elderly when appetite is good?

Weight loss in elderly when appetite is good?

This warrants: Medical evaluation to rule out a variety of medical causes.

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Do all elderly people need drugs for their weight, blood pressure, etc?

Do all elderly people need drugs for their weight, blood pressure, etc?

All? No: We're all individuals so there's no blanket need for drugs for everyone, although it might seem as if every elderly person is taking aspirin & statin. But there are no drugs per se for weight, unless you're thinking of weight loss drugs or appetite stimulants (which we don't recommend). There's a greater tendency to higher blood pressure w/age but not everyone needs drugs. In fact, we've raised BP

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Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

NO: Height is genetically preset, very little alteration one can do with diet, exercise, and environment

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What are some foods and natural vitamins to strengthen heart and lungs of elderly patients?

What are some foods and natural vitamins to strengthen heart and lungs of elderly patients?

Fruits, veggies, supps: Fruits & veggies contain beneficial flavonoids & antioxidants- eat ones with all the colors of the rainbow! supplements proven to strengthen the heart are magnesium (found in dark leafy greens/nuts/seeds), coq10 (ubiquinol/ubqh is the form best for the elderly), d-ribose, taurine and carnitine. I recommend the book reverse heart disease now by stephen sinatra md for details.

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Can a elderly person sick from chemo who took 40mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) and mixed it with a high dose of colonidine weight 111 die?

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Can a elderly person sick from chemo who took 40mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) and mixed it with a high dose of colonidine weight 111 die?

Call 911: If you took 40mg of xanax (alprazolam) plus large dose of clonidine, please call 911. If you're contemplating taking above combination, please call 911. There is no reason for anyone to end their life or to contemplate doing so. Assuming chemotherapy is for cancer, we have well trained & empathic hospice & palliative care specialists to help you (& loved ones) thru this time if chemo not desired.

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How to get elderly in suv?

How to get elderly in suv?

My knowledge: Indicates it's not a disease, but a measurement doctors use when interpreting pet scans.

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How common is cvd in the elderly?

How common is cvd in the elderly?

Extremely common: Cardiovascular disease, which means diseases of the heart and blood vessels, is the most frequent cause of death among elderly people. This includes disease of the coronary arteries, heart failure, strokes, blood clots, etc.

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What is the best spa for elderly?

What is the best spa for elderly?

By spa do: You mean fancy bath tub. A walk in tub is best- if u mean a resort ck with travel agent.

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What is adequate peri care in elderly?

What is adequate peri care in elderly?

Perineum: Care of the perineal area should focus on maintaining a clean and dry skin with prompt attention to fecal and urine contamination. Usually soap and water should suffice for cleaning. Application of a barrier ontment is sometimes necessary in elders with incontinence. Incontinence pads or diapers are not a good answer.

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What changes happen during elderly age?

What changes happen during elderly age?

Deterioration: Vision and hearing deteriorate with age. Bones get weaker. Balance and gait (walking) can worsen. Kidneys might not work as well, the list is extensive! It is important to get regular followup with a doctor especially as you get older. Get your eyes/hearing checked. Make sure you get your immunizations and any age-appropriate cancer screenings. Take calcium and vitamin d to strength bones, etc.