Adult children often worry about their aging parents’ eating
habits. Sometimes the elders live alone and don’t feel like cooking or even
going out to buy groceries. They may have pain issues that keep them from enjoying
food, or dentures that make chewing uncomfortable. Depression can be a factor
for some people, as can medication side effects. Loneliness, especially for
people who have lost a spouse to a nursing home or death, can make eating seem
unimportant or unattractive.