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Weight Loss and Older Adults: A Caregiver’s Guide

By Sarah Jennings

Sarah Jennings has been taking care of others her whole life. In 2005, she moved her mother into her family home. She uses her personal experience to share with others about caring for the elderly. She currently writes for Brookdale assisted living

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For those of us that specialize in the care of older adults – whether we work in an assisted living facility or provide in-home care for our elderly parents – concerns about weight loss can manifest themselves in different ways. 

For some senior citizens, shedding a few pounds through healthier eating and the incorporation of a more physically active lifestyle can be tremendously effective in prolonging and increasing the quality of life.

On the other hand, in some instances the loss of weight among older adults – especially if it occurs in a rapid fashion – is the cause for major concern and a sign that there may be some potentially lethal underlying issues that must be dealt with immediately. 

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