People of all ages benefit from losing excess weight, reasons include reduced risk of cancer, less stress on joints and reduced depression. However, when an elder suddenly loses weight without apparent reason, it could be cause for concern.
If it is due to forgetfulness or inability to prepare meals—the weight loss may be an early sign that care is needed.
It could also be a sign of health risks or disease. At first sign of sudden weight loss, try talking to the elder to see if you can discover the reason. If financial ability is a concern and the elder lives in Ada County, consider these options. Learn more about nutrition for seniors.
Another reason for weight loss may be seasonal depression (winter blues.)
If you cannot discover the reason, a doctor’s appointment may be necessary.
See other warning signs that care may be needed.
Download our printable checklist to see if care might be needed.