Weight loss can occur in older age due to illnesses, depression or the medications and procedures prescribed to treat these conditions.
How to gain weight for elderly? Weight gain can be promoted with high calorie supplements which are easy to drink, concentrated sources of nutrition.
Standard Commercial Beverages
Ready-to-drink beverages come in a variety of flavors. One serving provides about 250 calories and 8 to 10 grams of protein. Unopened containers do not have to be refrigerated.
Many brands have a “plus” beverage containing 350 to 450 calories and 14 grams of protein. This supplies more calories in a smaller volume for the person who gets full quickly.
Variety in Consistency
For the elderly person who tires of the milky consistency there are other forms of supplements. Spectrum Health provides a list of puddings, thick shakes, yogurts, “magic cups” and juice-type beverages available commercially.
Supplements for Co-existing Health Conditions
Nutritional supplements come in special varieties for the elderly who must limit their sugar or protein intake for diabetes or kidney disorders. Some products add fiber or other nutritional components.
Servings per day
One to four servings per day add between 250 and 1,500 calories depending on the product. To promote weight gain more calories must be supplemented when less food is eaten.