Tips for Bone Strengthening in the Elderly

Personal Care at Home St. Charles, MO: Bone Strengthening
Personal Care at Home St. Charles, MO: Bone Strengthening

Bone loss is one of the main concerns for senior citizens. As a family caregiver, this may be something that you worry about with your elderly loved one. However, there is good news for them. Research shows there are some great bone strengthening tips for the elderly that can help to prevent or at the very least slow down the progression of bone loss.  

Increase Calcium Intake 

One of the best ways to help your elderly loved one prevent bone loss is to encourage them to increase their calcium intake. Some of the best foods and other things to help them do this include: 

  • Green vegetables 
  • Dairy 
  • Supplements 

If your elderly loved one is going to start taking supplements, it would be best to check with their doctor to see if they recommend this. You or a personal care at home provider can take your elderly loved one to this appointment to ask questions, if needed.  

Increase Vitamin D Intake 

Your elderly loved one can lower their chances of experiencing moderate to severe bone loss by increasing their vitamin D intake, as well. Research shows that vitamin D helps to strengthen the bones and even reverse some bone deterioration. If your elderly loved one needs more vitamin D in their diet, you or a home care provider may want to do the grocery shopping and get them: 

  • Egg yolks 
  • Shrimp 
  • Salmon 
  • Supplements 

Again, just as with the calcium supplements, make sure someone checks with your elderly loved one’s doctor to ensure these supplements are best for them before they take them.  

Medications and Exercise 

There are some medications that can help to slow down the progression of bone loss. One example of this would be many of the osteoporosis medications. You or a personal care at home provider can take your elderly loved one to the doctor to see if medications are needed. If so, you or the senior care provider can give your elderly loved one reminders to take the medications.  

Another recommendation for people who need to prevent bone loss is to exercise regularly. There are specific exercise programs designed for the elderly. You or a personal care at home provider can look these up, so that your elderly loved one is doing only exercises that will be safe for them. 

Conclusion 

These are some of the best tips for bone strengthening in the elderly. If you are caring for your elderly loved one, hopefully, these tips can help them to build the strength in their bones. By doing this, they should be able to stay more mobile for longer. 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Personal Care at Home in St. Charles, MO please contact the caring staff at Autumn Home Care, LLC today at 636-448-9347. 

Sources 

https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health

https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/bone-health-life-health-information-basics-you-and-your-family

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