“Over 200 million older adults worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, a disease which makes the bones weak, fragile, and prone to break.”
However, there are many steps older adults can take to strengthen their bones.
Being inactive makes your muscles and bones weak and fragile. This increases your risk of osteoporosis, falls and fractures. People over 65 should practice moderate-intensity exercise regularly. Some common examples of moderate intensity exercises include:
Get plenty of calcium
Calcium is necessary for bone health. The foods rich in calcium include dairy products such as yogurt, milk, or cheese and vegetables such as broccoli or leafy greens.
Get plenty of vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for both strong muscles and healthy bones. Try spending some time in sunlight as it is the main source of Vitamin D. Seniors who are not often exposed to the sunlight should take a daily vitamin D supplement.
Several studies and researches have proved that smoking decreases bone mass by preventing the body to absorb calcium.
Get a bone density scan
Though this simple diagnostic procedure would not strengthen your bones, it can let you know if you’re doing enough for better bone health. It’s highly recommended that older adults over the age of 65 should get a bone density scan.
Follow the above tips to improve your bone health. If you are unable to manage it alone, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. It can be a great support for you as a caregiver can take care of all your needs.
So, if you are looking for an experienced in-home caregiver, get in touch with Associated Home Quality Health Care. We have a team of highly experienced and trained caregivers who ensure that your aging parents stay physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally stable.
To know more about our care services, you can call at 9 732-930-2167 (Central Jersey) or 973-352-7207 (Northern Jersey) or 609-303-3113 (Southern Jersey). You can also visit our official website Associated Home health Care Services.