When it comes to fall prevention measures, many things may come to mind from the use of assistive devices to senior-friendly home modifications. However, one fall prevention measure is often overlooked: diet. Eating an unhealthy and unbalanced diet can lead to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, greatly increasing the risk of falls for seniors.
One of the most common vitamin deficiencies that directly affect a senior’s fall risk is Vitamin D. When seniors do not have enough Vitamin D in their diets, they can suffer from frailty and muscle weakness, especially important for seniors who suffer from arthritis or require Parkinson’s care in Bridgewater. Senior care experts recommend that seniors add fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon, eggs, soy milk and cereal to their diets to help stave off conditions such as osteoporosis. These foods can also help senior’s maintain bone and muscle mass, essential components in fall prevention.
Another common vitamin deficiency that is commonly associated with poor dieting is that of Vitamin B12. Many statistics indicate that Vitamin B12 is not absorbed as well by the elderly, leaving this segment of the population more susceptible to a deficiency. Although previous studies reported that a deficiency in B12 was an unlikely contributor to fall risk, a study released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents new information that shows there is in fact some correlation a B12 deficiency and falls among elderly adults.
Family caregivers can help aging parents and loved ones avoid the previously mentioned deficiencies by ensuring that well-balanced meals are consumed regularly. Most physicians will also recommend 20-30 minutes of sunlight daily to aid in Vitamin D production. There are several Vitamin D supplements which are available over-the-counter, however before beginning any vitamin, it is important to speak to first speak with your doctor for professional recommendations.
If you or an aging loved one need assistance with nutritious meal preparation, contact Home Care Assistance today. Our experienced and professional caregivers are trained in how to prepare healthy and delicious meals according to senior dietary preferences and can also provide assistance with household chores, medication reminders, transportation and more. Dial 908.450.9400 and learn why we’re the Bridgewater 24 hour care specialists.