Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/ELDERLY AUNT NOT DRINKING OR EATING


Xerxes wrote at 2007-03-22 22:24:37
(I'm by no means an expert, but maybe this can be of any use)

Recently my (pretty old) mom got out of hospital after problems due to heart failure. But she almost couldn't eat and quickly lost weight and became dangerously weak.

Her heart failure was thought to be caused by an infection, so she was treated with cortisones, maybe this "anorexia" was a consequence of those cortisones.

A friend who is a MD told her to take Motilium (2/day) en Omeprazole (1/day) and she felt better and could eat again.

If pneumonia hit her so hard, her immune system must have been weak, so maybe it can be strenghtened by certain supplements.

Sorry for this "poor" answer, I hope she makes it if there's still hope for some quality of life. Bless you for caring enough about her to inquire.

Jen wrote at 2009-03-18 00:48:26
Thank you for breaking down the process and each step involved. My mom-in-law is in her final days and I have worked in the nursing field for years it is still hard to go thru especially a loved one, this article helped my husband to be able to understand and accept what has been happening and now what comes next. Thank you for your time and caring nature.

Dora wrote at 2011-07-13 03:27:53
Yes, thanks a lot.  This was very informative.  My elderly mother has stopped eating too, something she has never done before.  Now I think I understand it better and that we should not try to make her eat.  She is also 92 with dementia and has health issues.  We have been worrying about this for the last couple of weeks.  It is very hard for my brother and I to be sure we are making the right decisions and arrangements for her.  Your advice is very welcome.

Helene wrote at 2015-11-29 16:06:57
I found that with my Mother when she was in hospice she suddenly came awake and was talking and alert. But this was very close to her end. I believe it is a common occurrence from the brochure that hospice gave me.

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GERONTOLOGY (NURSING ISSUES RELATED TO THE ELDERLY) I have 25+ years experience working with the elderly. I would be pleased to offer any assistance I can. My areas of expertise include: Gerontology / Geriatrics, Long Term Care, Community Nursing, Palliative Care, Private Nursing Services, Intermediate / Extended Care. I also have a personal interest in Homeopathic and Eastern Medicine. If I can not answer your question I`ll do my best to direct you to an appropriate resource. Thank you.


I have twenty years experience in Gerontological Nursing both in the community, and in Long Term Care. I have worked as a General Duty Nurse, a Nurse Manager, and a Nursing Consultant in Long Term Care and Community Nursing.I have a great deal of experience working with, assessing, and educating in the field of Gerontology (Nursing the Elderly). I am familiar with the challenges associated with Dementia (Alzheimer's), Chronic and Terminal illnesses, and the stresses of residential homes
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