Dec 02, 2015 - 08:12 AM
One thing to consider is a thorough medication review with her physician. Several medications, alone or in combination, can affect taste. And if she takes a lot of medications, which most 78-year-olds do, that alone can lead to loss of appetite. A wise pharmacist I knew used to say: ten pills is practically a meal in itself! Are there medications that don’t really provide a clear benefit, and if so can they be held? Finally, if her pain isn’t well controlled that will affect her appetite too. So safe, effective pain control is a big priority if she is to have the quality of life she needs and deserves.