All posts within: failure to thrive


dementia careUntil 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

    Posted March 09, 2015
    Tags: Alzheimer's - Dementia, failure to thrive



    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

    Posted November 19, 2013
    Tags: failure to thrive, healthy habits, home care



    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:

    • Depression
    • Impaired physical function
    • Malnutrition
    • Cognitive impairment

    Helping seniors avoid or recover from depression… read more

    Posted November 04, 2013
    Tags: Depression, failure to thrive, home care


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