2016 Donations :  $15,575 & 9,883 lbs

More than 1 in 3 seniors in the care of others is at risk for under- or mal-nutrition (Mayo Clinic/American Dietetic Association). Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition, not necessarily a lack of food. Detecting malnutrition in seniors may be difficult, and even seniors who eat enough may be eating the wrong foods to keep themselves healthy. At Comfort Keepers®, we help seniors live healthy, independent lives and promote senior nutrition through the Nourish Senior Life® initiative.

As seniors age and change, so do their nutritional needs. Making sure those needs are met makes a real difference in their quality of life.  Caregivers or family members should be aware of the signs and symptoms of hunger or malnutrition in older adults, which include the following:

Watch for physical problems, such as poor wound healing, easy bruising and dental difficulties.
 Keep track of weight loss, which may require purchasing a home scale or transporting the older adult to the doctor’s office for weight checks when the individual is unable to stand without assistance.
 Pay close attention to seniors’ eating habits and ask them to tell you where and when they eat, but don’t rely on self-reports a lone. Since our caregivers, the people we call Comfort Keepers®, often spend mealtimes with seniors at home, they may have a better idea of normal eating habits.
 Suggest family members visit during mealtimes, which can improve a senior’s consumption. If a senior lives alone, make sure you know who is buying his or her food.
Know what medications an older loved one takes and whether they can affect appetite and digestion. Use the resources available through your local retail pharmacist to check for drug nutrient interactions or possible side effects of prescribed medications.
If there are medical questions regarding nutrition, medication, and health, Comfort Keepers suggests seniors, their family members, and other caregivers speak with doctors about tests that can help identify chronic malnutrition or other nutrition-related problems.

 Want to help seniors with limited resources in your community?

You can help fight senior hunger and malnutrition by donating non-perishable food items to your local participating senior care office.

Good nutrition contributes to greater quality of life for seniors


Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition, not necessarily a lack of food. Even seniors who eat enough may be eating the wrong foods to keep themselves healthy. Not all seniors with nutrition problems are thin — in some cases, malnutrition occurs in seniors who are overweight.

As many as 50 percent of seniors in the care of others may be under- or mal-nourished. Sometimes the signs are apparent, but in other cases, detecting malnutrition in older adults may be difficult. Comfort Keepers® can help other caregivers and family members be aware of malnutrition’s signs.

As part of the Comfort Keepers’ STOP Senior Hunger® initiative in the month of September, here are some ways you can  monitor the nutrition of seniors in your care:

      • Watch for physical problems such as easy bruising and dental difficulties. Keep track of weight loss. This may require purchasing a home scale or transporting          to the doctor’s office for weight checks when the individual is unable to stand without assistance.

       • Pay close attention to seniors’ eating habits and ask them what and when they eat, but don’t rely on self-reports alone. Because Comfort Keepers often spend            mealtimes with seniors at home, they may have a better idea of normal eating habits.

        • Suggest family members visit during mealtimes, which can improve a senior’s consumption. If seniors live alone, make sure you know who is buying their               food.

        • Know what medications an older loved one takes, and how they can affect appetite and digestion. Watch for changes in appetite and eating habits if                         medications change. Many commonly-prescribed medications can reduce hunger and prevent nutrient absorption. Use the resources available to you through             your doctor or local retail pharmacist to check for drug nutrient interactions or possible side effects of prescribed medications.

        • If there are medical questions regarding nutrition, medication and health, Comfort Keepers suggests seniors, their family members and other caregivers speak           with doctors about tests to identify chronic malnutrition or other nutrition-related problems.

Note: Seniors, their family members and other caregivers should speak with their doctors about managing their nutrition.

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Detecting Malnutrition is Difficult...