How Seniors in McKinney, TX and Surrounding Areas Can Maintain Good Bone Health
Our non-medical home care solutions help seniors in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano and surrounding areas in Collin County, TX stick to healthy habits that help build bone mineral density
In senior years, bones may lose mineral density, which can result in the development of osteoporosis. However, many older adults with osteoporosis do not know they have the condition until they sustain a bone fracture, that is, until the illness has fairly progressed and is thus more difficult to manage and treat.
Bone fractures can take a heavy toll on a senior’s well-being. Older adults need more time to recover after a bone fracture. They may find it hard to perform everyday tasks even when they do recover, and some may not be able to continue living independently following such an injury.
On the other hand, it is good to know that seniors can take some steps to ensure good bone health and prevent the risk of osteoporosis. Whether your loved one has been diagnosed with the condition or not, certain lifestyle changes can help them keep their bones as healthy as possible.
At Visiting Angels McKinney, we can help your loved one maintain good bone health. We’ve been a trusted source for non-medical home care in Collin County for over a decade because we offer comprehensive solutions to help seniors age in place, including meal preparation, incidental transportation, companionship and more.
Following a Nutritious Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet minimizes the odds of osteoporosis and many other health problems. To maintain bone health, it is particularly important that your loved one takes in plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
The Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences reports that older adults should get 1,200 mg of calcium and 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D per day.
Our non-medical home care services include preparing and planning meals for seniors in McKinney, Allen and surrounding communities. Our caregivers can prepare meals that are rich in calcium and vitamin D so your loved one can stay healthy. In addition, we can also remind your loved one to take dietary supplements for additional nutrition.
The human skeleton contains 99 percent of our body’s calcium. Our bones help us maintain proper calcium levels in the blood necessary for the functioning of our nerves and muscles. When calcium levels in the blood are low, the body takes calcium from the bones, which leads to low bone mineral density.
To prevent this, seniors should eat foods rich in calcium, including dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt), green veggies (broccoli, kale), canned fish (sardines, salmon), fruits, nuts and calcium-fortified foods (breads, cereals, mineral water).
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in renewing bone tissue and getting proper amounts of it can reduce the risk of falls and fall-related bone fractures in older adults by up to 20 percent. Vitamin D is typically absorbed through sun exposure, but since it is harder to get vitamin D through the skin in senior years, older adults should consider taking supplements.
Vitamin D can be found in some foods too, including fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel), cod liver oil, and vitamin D-fortified foods (margarine, yogurt).
Physical activity can also boost bone health as it prevents bone loss, builds muscle, and reduces the chances of falls. Before your loved one engages in any exercise regime, however, it is important that they speak with their medical team. Some exercises that promote bone health include dancing, tai chi, aerobics and walking.
In addition to meal preparation, our non-medical home care services also include transportation. We can help your loved one stick to a regular exercise routine by getting them to and from the gym, community center and anywhere else in the community. If your loved one prefers to exercise at home, we can provide companionship and monitor them to make sure they stay safe as they work out.
At Visiting Angels McKinney, we can help your loved one change their habits for the better and lead a healthier lifestyle. From preparing calcium-rich foods and reminding them to take their supplements to helping them with exercising, our caregivers can make sure your loved one is happy, healthy and safe as they age in place.
Learn how our non-medical home care services can help your loved one age in place by contacting our McKinney, TX office today.