Care guide for Failure to Thrive in Older Adults. Includes: possible causes, signs and symptoms, standard treatment options and means of care.
The term “failure to thrive” (FTT) has been used to describe older adults who were once active and are now socially withdrawn, lonely, bored, and depressed.
In elderly patients, failure to thrive describes a state of decline that is multifactorial and may be caused by chronic concurrent diseases and functional impairments. Manifestations of this condition include weight loss, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and inactivity.
The analogy between the "failure-to-thrive" syndrome of childhood and a symptom complex seen in adult neurology is described. Adults presenting with a variety.