Older adults usually lose weight, with 25% of them experiencing unanticipated weight reduction. While medical issues can occasionally play a role in abrupt weight loss in older populations, this is not always the case. When a person loses a significant amount of weight within six to twelve months without intending to do so and the weight reduction is not the consequence of dietary or lifestyle changes, it is referred to as unexplained or unintentional weight loss. It’s vital to be aware of the indicators because unexpected weight loss could point to a serious health issue. Here are 3 common reasons for unintentional weight loss in adults over 55.
Your loved one’s unexpected weight loss may be caused by a variety of circumstances. Seniors may experience weight loss due to chronic medical issues that alter their metabolism and eating patterns. As a result, you must take into account known medical disorders that could cause chemical imbalances.
The following are some of the most typical ailments that could impact abrupt weight loss:
- Memory Disorders like or Alzheimer’s
- Digestive disorders
- Heart Disease
There are many more physical causes of weight loss besides these disorders. Mobility problems could be a major factor. People with restricted movement as a result lose more muscle mass than fat.
As was previously mentioned, illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia that affect cognition can cause unintentional weight loss. The varied symptoms of the disease can cause eating patterns in older adults with dementia to shift considerably.
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Depression in older persons might also cause accidental weight loss. People with depression may feel worn out and unable to properly take care of themselves. It’s critical to keep an eye out for depression-related symptoms, such as grieving, losing independence, and dealing with chronic discomfort.
Rapid weight loss and worsening conditions could be caused by an underlying disease such a mood disorder.
Compared to the potential causes above, Social issues can be more difficult to identify.
Due in part to their less visible nature and the possibility that close friends and family members may not recognize the problems for what they are, social disorders can be difficult to diagnose.
Social isolation is a significant contributor to weight loss since it causes people to lose track of their healthy routines owing to depression and a lack of social contacts to share life with.
An important point of contact for prevention is a caregiver. But if they are not professionals, the caregiver must be qualified and have the time to support the patient.
Sometimes, being in a community with other like-minded individuals who can relate to you or your loved one can eliminate feelings of loneliness and significantly improve wellbeing. This in turn helps to curb the negative effects of social isolation, such as unintentional weight loss. Find out more about the senior living options we have today!