Vitamins are organic compounds found in foods and drinks that are necessary to sustain the function of the body. Because many seniors living at home eat less often and may have limited meal choices, some vitamins may be missing from their diet. A diet rich in nutrients and the addition of vitamin supplements when needed can help to maintain or improve health in the senior years.
The bones are made primarily of calcium, which gives them strength and durability. Seniors are prone to fractures because the bones lose calcium as the body ages, making them more brittle and easier to break. Calcium can be found in dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. A variety of calcium supplements may be added to the diet if necessary.
Vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb calcium and repair the bones. It also helps to reduce the risk of some diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Vitamin D is created when you spend time in the sun; because seniors often spend less time outdoors, they may be deficient in vitamin D. Many seniors can benefit from vitamin D supplements or foods enriched with this nutrient to improve calcium absorption.
Vitamin B12 has been linked with the health of the brain and nervous system. A lack of vitamin B12 in the body can cause health problems as well as mental changes such as confusion and even hallucinations. As the body ages, it does not absorb vitamin B12 as well as it once did. Because vitamin B12 is founding animal proteins, seniors who do not eat a large amount of meat can benefit from vitamin B12 supplements.
Is your senior loved one getting the vitamins and nutrients they need? The caregivers at Jenkintown Comfort Keepers will ensure that your loved one eats a balanced diet and remembers to take medication and supplements to maintain good health. You can reach us by phone at (267) 415-4047 or click on our web contact form to learn more.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—in fact, eating breakfast regularly can lower your risk of heart disease. Because seniors often experience changes in their body’s absorption of nutrients as well as changes in taste, choosing breakfast foods that are both appealing and nutritious is important. Eggs provide an excellent source of protein, an essential component of the diet. Seniors with heart disease or high cholesterol should remove the yolks and eat only the whites if more than four eggs are eaten each week. Oatmeal is another good breakfast option for seniors, containing fiber necessary for the digestion process. It is also easy to eat and can be customized to taste. Fruit smoothies made with fiber and milk or soy provide a vitamin- and nutrient-packed energy boost in the morning.
Seniors who have trouble shopping for or preparing meals are at risk for malnutrition. At Jenkintown Comfort Keepers, our in-home care services include help with shopping, transportation, and cooking to ensure your loved one gets the nutrition he needs to stay healthy. Visit our website or call us at (267) 415-4047 to inquire about our senior care services in Jenkintown and Langhorne.