One of my readers recently sent in this question:
Q: My 88-year-old father lives in his own home about 100 miles from us. He’s been living alone since my mother died five years ago. I thought he looked rather thin last time we saw him. I’m starting to feel worried about his nutrition. Should I be concerned? Would you recommend he start drinking a supplement such as Boost or Ensure?
A: This question comes up a lot for families. It is indeed very common for older adults to experience unintentional weight loss at some point in late life.