The risk of bone depletion is an issue that most seniors face as they age. Along with being the symptom of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, weak or brittle bones can be a risk factor for falls, the leading cause of disability among seniors in the United States.
As a leading provider of Denver home care, we’re always looking to share important information about senior health and wellness with our clients and their caregivers, and bone health is a topic that should not be overlooked. To help promote strong bones in your loved one, consider adding the following delicious, vitamin and mineral-packed foods to his or her daily diet.
- Yogurt – Low fat yogurt is an excellent source of both calcium and vitamin D, which are essential to the maintenance of healthy bones. It is also a good idea to choose varieties that have live cultures, thus offering the added benefit of promoting digestive and colon health.
- Dark, Leafy Greens – Dark, leafy greens are a good source of both calcium and vitamin K. Studies have shown that vitamin K plays a key role in bone development by taking part in the formation of osteocalcin, a protein that helps growth by aiding the binding of calcium and phosphorus during the regeneration process. Higher concentrations of nutrients are found relative to the deeper color of the greens. The best varieties are spinach, broccoli, bok choy, kale and collard greens.
- Nuts – Research has found that nuts, especially almonds, are packed with nutrients that help maintain healthy bones. They provide calcium and other minerals, such as potassium and magnesium that assist in bone development.
- Dried Fruit – Raisins and other dried fruit are good sources of potassium. The essential mineral works in the body to protect the bones by creating a protective shield around them that chemically inhibits harmful metabolic acids from entering the tissue, which can cause a breakdown of bone.
- Seeds – An ample supply of phosphorus is found in seeds which can easily be added to the diet and offer the added benefits of fiber and vitamin E. Some good selections include sunflower seeds, pine nuts and flax seed.
If you are concerned about a senior loved one’s ability to obtain or prepare nutritious meals, learn more about hourly home care in Denver. Professional part-time caregivers from Home Care Assistance of Denver are available on an as-needed basis and can help with grocery shopping and meal preparation, as well as with housekeeping, medication reminders, personal care and more. Call us today at 720-443-3371 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to learn more about our flexible hourly and live-in care plans.