Vitamin D is Important for Senior Health

Vitamin D is Still an Important Factor Regarding Senior Health

When you are involved in elderly caregiving in NY and Long Island, it’s important to remember that Vitamin D is important for senior health. The recommended amount of vitamin D for senior citizens over the age of 71 is 800 IU a day, but a simple blood test can determine if you are taking in the correct amount for your age group.

Vitamin D is a natural vitamin that the body produces in response to sunlight. Vitamin D allows the body to absorb calcium, which is important for healthy, strong bones. Unfortunately, too many elderly men and women are not getting enough vitamin D, which can lead to high blood pressure, brittle bones and autoimmune disorders.

Not Just Sun- Getting Vitamin D for Senior Health Inside

Lots of people believe they get enough Vitamin D from natural sunshine. However, elderly men and women are often deficient due to an inability to get outside. Whether because of weather limitations or limited mobility, seniors don’t necessarily have the same outdoor access as their younger counterparts.

Spending an hour or so a day in the sun is the first step, but when that isn’t an option it’s extremely easy to get the amount that you need by eating the right types of foods. Many are already fortified with this vitamin, such as milk, certain dairy products and cereals. Tuna, cheese, egg yolks, tofu and pork are just a few more vitamin D enriched foods. Supplements are also a great source of vitamin D.

Lower Health Risks to Seniors

Seniors who regularly take vitamin D will lower their risk for osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Vitamin D is important for senior health, fortifying bones and offering protection in the event of an elderly fall. Your caregiver can remind you to take your vitamin D, ensuring you stay on track. For more information concerning elderly caregiving in Long Island, NY, please contact us today.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

‘Liquid Candy’ Is NOT Nutrition

Say No to Standard Nutritional Shakes

The New York Times reported that the American Geriatrics Society has made a new warning in their Choosing Wisely recommendations against using products such as Boost and Ensure because they are little more than ‘liquid candy’, a label usually ascribed to soda. Like soda, the primary ingredients are water and sugar. Although they are enriched with synthetic vitamins, these drinks are empty calories.

Why Are They Recommended?

Geriatricians often recommend these supplements out of fear of weight loss and malnutrition. Ironically, sugar cereals like Fruit Loops, so decried by nutritionists, have far fewer grams of sugar per serving. These so-called nutritional supplements supply even more sugar than these “kid cereals”. It would be more beneficial to address the underlying reason for the lack of appetite and weight loss than recommending these energy drinks. There could be a medical reason for a loss of appetite or it could be something more logistical in nature.

What Can Be Done?

If a lack of ability to prepare nutritious meals is a problem, there are home health aides that could be hired on an hourly basis to relieve the burden of that task. These caregivers could work within the dietary restrictions of the elderly patient to prepare meals that are healthful and tasty. The home health aide could feed the senior citizen as well as supervise and monitor the food intake. They can keep relatives and health professionals well informed regarding the food intake of the patient. These aides could be obtained through home care agencies in your area. Home healthcare agencies such as David York Agency in the New York area make sure their home health aides are fully acquainted with all the specific requirements of each and every elderly client they service.

At DYA, we could provide direction as to how to manage the total care of your senior loved one. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit us on our website to become acquainted with all we offer. Contact us and visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.