Keeping bones healthy and strong with age can help prevent osteoporosis, fractures and ultimately, disability. As part of the aging process, bone loss accelerates and the formation of new bone decelerates. This poses the threat of osteoporosis, especially for those that may already have risk factors. For this reason, at Home Care Assistance of West Bloomfield, we encourage our senior clients to take the proper steps to maintain bone health well into their elder years.
The Role of a Good Diet
A well balanced diet is necessary for optimal bone health. While calcium and Vitamin D is considered the cornerstone for bone development, these are not the only nutrients responsible. For the body to properly absorb the calcium and vitamin D, it relies on Vitamin C, protein and even magnesium, just to name a few. Eating a well balanced, healthy diet, with a variety of foods rich in these nutrients is crucial for seniors to maintain strong and healthy bones.
Weight Bearing Exercises
Weight bearing exercises can help keep bones strong and healthy for seniors. These activities assist in the rebuilding of bone by adding stress. Weight bearing activities do not have to be strenuous and can even include low impact exercise such as walking, lifting small dumbbells or using resistance bands. These exercises can be performed while sitting, standing or even lying down if balance or mobility is an issue. If your aging parent or loved one has recently suffered a fall or injury, learn more about hourly home care in West Bloomfield where a professional caregiver can assist with weight bearing exercises, medication reminders, meal preparation and more, all from the comfort of home.
Despite a well balanced diet and weight bearing activities, some seniors may benefit from a supplement. For example, those that take certain types of medications, such as corticosteroids, will find that an adverse effect of these drugs can include bone damage. There are both over-the-counter, (OTC) and prescription supplements that may be able to help. However, it is always recommended that the senior check with his primary care provider before beginning any new medication or supplement.
For more information on senior health and wellness, don’t hesitate to contact the Home Care Assistance, the specialists in live-in care in West Bloomfield. We can provide tips to family caregivers for how to care for aging parents and loved ones and can offer information about our in-home care services and tailored care plans. Dial 248.283.0835 to speak with a devoted Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, no obligation consultation.