The aging process increases the risk of low bone density and osteoporosis, particularly among older women. By taking measures to reduce the risks and improve bone health, a senior can maintain an active and healthy lifestyle for a longer duration of time. Here are a few ways you can help your senior loved one maintain strong bones.
There are three main building blocks that maintain healthy bones: calcium, vitamin D and protein. The body needs all three building materials for strong bones.
Provide supplements for calcium and vitamin D. If your senior loved one dislikes the supplements or has poor reactions to certain supplements, ensure his or her hourly Warren caregiver is preparing a diet that is rich in calcium and make sure your loved one is getting some sunlight every day.
Adults need at least 600 to 800 international units of vitamin D per day and 1,000 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium. Eat a diet that is rich in lean proteins to encourage strong bones.
Weight-bearing exercises refer to any exercises that naturally use the weight of the physical body. Examples of weight-bearing exercises include:
- Playing sports like tennis or badminton
- Using an elliptical machine
- Walking up stairs
Weight-bearing exercises like walking or hiking build up bone density by pushing and tugging against the bone tissue. As a result, it causes the body to naturally build the tissue and create stronger bones. Essentially, it causes new bone growth due to the motions of the body.
Seniors have a risk of low bone density, but there are ways to help reduce the risks. Encourage weight-bearing exercises and focus on providing a healthy diet plan that includes calcium, protein and vitamin D.
Ensuring your senior loved one lives a healthy and happy lifestyle isn’t always easy, but you don’t have to do it alone—let leading Warren senior care provider, Home Care Assistance, help. Our reliable and experienced caregivers can help with light housework, cook, run errands, provide transportation, offer medication reminders, and give consistent compassionate emotional support and companionship. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 908.450.9400 today. We look forward to hearing from you!