Eating Disorders in the Elderly

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Eating Disorders in the Elderly


Signs and Symptoms• significant change in weight (up or down) over a relatively short period of time;• changes in behavior such as disappearing after a meal or using the restroom after eating something;• boxes of laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics;• desire to eat in the bedroom alone rather than eating with family or spouse;• missing food;• sensitivity to cold; and• excessive hair loss, dental damage, or heart or gastrointestinal problems.

Eating Disorders Among the Elderly

Older Adults Who Suffer From An Eating Disorder Fall Mainly Into These Three Groups: • those who have suffered from an eating disorder in the past and went untreated;• those whose eating disorder went into remission and resurfaced later in life; and• those whose disorder emerged later in life.

Triggers for Disordered Eating:-Empty Nest-Divorce-Loss of Parents-Widowhood-Retirement-Chronic Illness/Disability-Death of an Adult Child-Facing Death/Immortality-Protest Against Living Conditions

Treatment for Eating Disorders:>providing supportive counselling can help with feelings around loss, anger, purposelessness, family conflicts, and self-esteem.> prescribing medications that increase appetite>addressing depression through therapy>providing help with shopping and cooking>dining with others for socialization>individualized cognitive behavioral therapy>participate in physical rehabilitation program to increase endurance, mobility and balance; this will help improve overall sense of well-being.


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