All posts within: failure to thrive
Until recently, many people believed that memory loss signaled the start of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
But in a recent study, researchers found that there may be other early warning signs of dementia. Here’s what you should know about these surprising symptoms:
- Changes in food cravings: This is particularly true if a new preference for sweets is noticed, but can also include expired or even rotten… read more
Appetites change as people age, but not eating enough or losing weight without trying could be a sign of an underlying health condition in an older adult. It could also be related to an easily resolved situation such as difficulty grasping cooking tools, loneliness at mealtimes or getting to the store regularly. Helping seniors maintain proper nutrition is another step in the fight against geriatric failure to thrive.
Identifying & Treating the Issue
Because decline… read more
Feelings of sadness and isolation aren't uncommon in older adults, particularly for those who live alone. Depression, however, can be quite serious for older seniors, and may lead to a downward spiral in overall health.
The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that there are four syndromes that appear to be synonymous with failure to thrive in older adults:
- Impaired physical function
- Cognitive impairment
Helping seniors avoid or recover from depression… read more