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Elderly Mom Losing Appetite and Weight

Dear Carol: I’m worried about my mom. She’s 89-years old and has very little appetite. At one time she was quite heavy and ate as much as my dad, but now she says just looking at food fills her up. She’s in a good nursing home and she goes to their dining room for three meals a day. They also offer snacks between meals. She’ll sometimes eat the snacks, but she just picks at her main meals. Granted, the meals are rather institutional, but they try to present them well and the atmosphere is friendly. The nurses hate seeing Mom lose weight, too, and they all encourage her to eat. Her health problems don’t explain this loss of appetite. What more can we do? Robin

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