Failure to thrive (FTT) happens when an older adult has a loss of appetite, eats and drinks less than usual, loses weight, and is less active than normal. Treatment depends on the cause of the person's FTT. The healthcare provider may change a medicine if it is causing symptoms of.
The term “failure to thrive” (FTT) has been used to describe older adults who were once active and are now socially withdrawn, lonely, bored, and depressed.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 National Institute of Aging describes failure to thrive (FTT) as a syndrome of weight loss, decreased appetite and poor nutrition, and.