Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies in Seniors


Getting adequate nutrition may be difficult for seniors. They require fewer calories but need more nutrients such as B vitamins and calcium. This makes them prone to malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies. As a provider of home care in Scottsdale, Arizona, we watch out for signs of nutrient deficiencies in our senior patients.

As a caregiver, here are some notable signs you should look out for:

  • Unexplained fatigue
    Feeling weak, tired, and fatigued is a common sign of anemia. However, this can also be a sign of heart disease, depression, or thyroid disease.
  • Dry and brittle hair
    As hair is usually made up of protein, it can become a signal that your senior is deficient in essential fatty acids, protein, iron, and other nutrients.
  • Ridged or spoon-shaped nails
    A nail that curves up from the nail bed like a spoon is an indicator of iron deficiency anemia.
  • Mouth problems
    Having cracks or an inflamed mouth and a pale or swollen tongue can be signs of iron or vitamin B2 deficiencies.
  • Lack of appetite
    Although our appetite diminishes with age, chronic lack of appetite may be a sign of nutrient deficiencies, as you are more likely to skip your meals if you are not hungry.

Are you in need of personal care in Arizona for your senior loved ones? We at Heritage Home Care will provide them with the high-quality care they deserve.

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