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Dear Carol: Is it safe, or even helpful, to add powdered supplements to my grandfather's food to help him gain weight? My grandfather is 92 years old, and has been losing weight the past few months. He just picks at his food most of the time, but when the ice cream comes out he gobbles it up. His weight is down to 115 pounds, so at this point, if he eats ice cream all day we are fine with that. We’re just wondering how to sneak some nutrition into his food. Rhonda 

Dear Rhonda: To start, I’d check with your grandfather’s doctor to see if there’s a health concern that is being overlooked. Your doctor may be able to suggest a nutritionist to give you advice tailored to your grandfather’s condition, as well.

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