asking for my 80 yr old neighbor. She is diabetic and her sugar drops if she dosn't eat. I told her she should see and internist, but she won't listen, what could happen?
Sometimes as we age we don't have the urge to eat often, also medications can do it. She should see her doctor, but if you don't see that happening, perhaps you could invite her over for lunch or take her lunch and eat with her. Sometimes eating alone can get rid of an appetite too. Also if she likes milkshakes she might like something like the nutritional shakes, several of the companies make them for diabetics. The dr that takes care of her diabetes needs to be aware because he may change her meds.
Another thing to do is ask her what she really enjoys. As we age we lose our taste buds. Things taste bland. So older people use a lot of salt and pepper for flavor. My prednisone makes all food taste almost identical. I go for spicy. Sweet is too sweet for me.
Anyhow, don't be surprised if she doesn't like anything. I do the same thing. When alone I often don't eat. My mind places it as a social function and there is little stimulus if no one is around.
Finally, she is probably very depressed. Alone, illness, the wrk of a meal that can't be shared, or perhaps her inability to cook. She does need help. Rather than tell her to eat, let her know how valuable she is as a person and how you are counting on her being around. Call relatives to visit on her behalf if she wants visitors. Plenty can be found to do. It is very kind of you to care for her.
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