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How to Tell If a Senior with Alzheimer’s May Be Going Hungry

Alzheimer’s Care in Moorestown NJ

Alzheimer's Care in Moorestown NJJack had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost a year ago. At the time, he wasn’t all that surprised, even though it was still emotionally difficult to accept. He had been struggling with his memory for almost 2 years. It only seemed to be growing more significant and progressive.

When he went to his doctor, he was surprised that it was going to take a battery of tests to determine whether it was Alzheimer’s, some other form of dementia, or something else causing his memory loss. By the time he sat down in his doctor’s office and heard the diagnosis, he had been somewhat prepared for it, but it still hit him squarely in the chest, taking the breath right out of his life for a while.

In the time since, his family has helped out and he’s had numerous friends stopping by to assist him. They helped him prepare meals, kept track of his appointments, and even called him to remind him when it was time to take certain medications. Most days he kept track of things well enough, but was certainly appreciative for the reminders on some others.

This year, though, Jack has not been eating well. His adult daughter has stopped by several times and didn’t pick up on the signs of malnourishment. It can be difficult to determine if a family member dealing with Alzheimer’s is eating properly, especially if they guard themselves well.

Here are a few signs that may indicate, and what helped Jack’s daughter finally realize, that the senior isn’t eating as well as he or she should.

  1. Their overall appearance.

Jack kept up with his personal hygiene, but there was a sallow complexion to his facial features. His color was off, his eyes seemed a bit jaundice, and his breath was anything but pleasant.

A person’s appearance is going to be dramatically impacted by malnutrition.

  1. Low energy levels.

When a person isn’t eating, he or she is likely going to have low energy levels. Jack’s daughter began to notice he was not moving around much and seemed to be lethargic and tired, even after a good, solid night’s sleep.

  1. An empty refrigerator.

She looked in the refrigerator and saw a scarcity of food items. Even the items he did have had long since expired. An empty refrigerator is a pretty good indication that a person may not be getting enough food.

  1. Forgetfulness.

One of the most common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is memory loss. Jack may have simply thought he ate when he didn’t. When his daughter began to put two and two together, coupled with the empty refrigerator and his appearance, she realized he wasn’t eating properly.

That’s when she sat down to talk to him about hiring a home care aide. That made all the difference.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Moorestown, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700

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Patti Maltese, and Kelly McCabe

Patti is the original founding partner of TLC in 2009 and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and is currently a CHHA as well. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and others less fortunate in the community.

Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.

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