A healthy diet should include foods rich in a number of different vitamins and minerals. Although seniors are increasingly turning to supplements, research shows that dietary sources are still the best and safest way to get most of the nutrients senior bodies need. So, with that in mind, Vancouver Home Care Assistance offers three of the most important vitamins for seniors, as well as some of the foods where you can find them:
- Calcium. Calcium not only helps your bones, it also protects your cardiovascular system. Milk and yogurt are great natural sources of calcium, and they don’t have any of the risks that recent research suggests may accompany calcium supplements.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D aids calcium absorption, strengthening senior bones and thus helping to prevent falls and fractures. Although you may have heard that you can get vitamin D from the sun, a significant number of people do not live in sunny enough climates to get the amount needed. In addition, prolonged sun exposure can put seniors at risk for skin cancer. While certain fishes and eggs are somewhat high in vitamin D, it is harder to get all the vitamin D you need from food alone. For many people, supplements are the best option.
- Vitamin B12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 has been linked to cognitive decline in older adults, which can lead to the need for dementia or Alzheimer’s care in Vancouver. In addition, seniors without enough vitamin B12 may become anemic. You can get vitamin B12 by eating many animal products, such as fish and red meat. Some cereals are also fortified with vitamin B12.
Although these vitamins can have important health benefits, it’s important to remember that they are not a magic bullet. As a leading provider of at-home care in Vancouver, we promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, as well as regular exercise, to make sure that our senior clients stay happy and healthy.
If you’re thinking about taking any of these vitamins in supplement form, it’s incredibly important that you speak with your doctor first! Vitamins can have negative interactions with certain prescription medications. Also, depending on your own health history, they may or may not be right for you.
Do you have more questions about senior nutrition? Home Care Assistance of Vancouver is here to help. Give us a call at 778-279-3634 today.