As your aging loved one gets older, it’s important he or she maintains the best possible health through nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation. Try as we might, it’s nearly impossible to get our daily dose of all the necessary vitamins and minerals without taking additional supplements, and so if your senior loved one doesn’t already take supplements it’s time to start. The Las Vegas in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance recommend introducing your senior loved one to the following five supplements.
1. Vitamin D
A healthy dose of vitamin D is important for helping a senior’s body to absorb calcium, which is necessary to strengthen bones and lower the risk of osteoporosis. Several studies also show a daily dose of vitamin D can also help prevent falls and fractures. The vitamin may also help lower the risk of some cancers. The easiest way for your elderly relative to get a healthy amount of vitamin D is by taking a supplement, but foods like salmon, cheese, egg yolks, and fortified milk are also good sources of vitamin D.
Calcium is a top priority for seniors because as people age, the more calcium they lose. Low amounts of calcium lead to a higher risk for osteoporosis and possibly a softening of bones as well. Similar to vitamin D, getting enough calcium can help prevent falls and bone fractures. Good sources of calcium include low-fat milk and cheese, orange juice, and dark green, leafy veggies.
3. Fish Oil
Fish oil is an important supplement because it helps protect against heart disease, improves circulation, aids memory, and increases concentration. A study done at the University of Florence showed that fish oil also helped lower blood pressure. The easiest way to get your senior loved to take fish oil is through a coated, burp-less fish oil pill.
4. Vitamin C
This vitamin is well known for boosting immunity, but it also helps prevent inflammatory polyarthritis according to a 2004 study by Dorothy Pattison. The study showed a link between low levels of vitamin C and this form of rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals. If your loved one has trouble swallowing pills, vitamin C is also available in chewable tablets.
This supplement decreases pain and inflammation from arthritis and also helps fix damage to cartilage. Queen’s University’s Tanveer Towheed published a study stating that this supplement works effectively like an NSAID for treating arthritis.
Regularly taking supplements helps close the gap between daily diet and nutritional needs. While it’s important to ensure your elderly loved one is getting essential vitamins and minerals, make sure you speak with their primary care physician before starting any supplements.
Another way to ensure your love one is staying healthy and maintaining a high quality of life is with an hourly or live-in caregiver in Las Vegas. Home Care Assistance caregivers are compassionate, available 24/7, and able to assist with medication reminders, grocery shopping, meal preparation, cooking, and light housework. Call a friendly Care Manager at (702) 550-3185 to inquire about services or schedule your free in-home consultation.