The International Osteoporosis Foundation states there are 44 million men and women dealing with weakened bones in the U.S. Left untreated, osteoporosis makes it easier to break bones. In fact, it’s estimated that every three seconds a bone breaks because of osteoporosis. There are ways to help your mom and dad keep their bones stronger and healthier as they age.
Get Up and Move Around
Studies find that physical activity helps strengthen bones. The physical activity can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning of the home. Playing a sport, taking a brisk walk, and completing an exercise program in a class or DVD also can benefit seniors. If your parents need an easier fitness program to follow, look at yoga or Tai Chi. These programs help with relaxation and muscle tone without being too difficult for a senior.
Spend Time Outside
Your parents should spend some time outside in the sun. Sunlight is one of the best ways to boost vitamin D levels. You’ll want to make sure your parent has sunscreen on. You also need to make sure your mom and dad don’t overheat or become dehydrated. Time spent in the sun in the early morning hours is best. Your parents will be outside before the sunburn risk is high.
Make Some Dietary Adjustments
Make sure your parents are eating calcium rich foods. Keep the fridge stocked with items like yogurt, cheese, and kale. Cheeses that have the highest calcium counts are brie, cheddar, feta, and parmesan. Sardines and milk also contain plenty of calcium. If you can find raw milk at a local farmer’s market or a nearby farm, raw milk is the best option.
Have your parents go for a bone density test. It’s a simple test that is not much different than an x-ray. If low bone density is discovered, there are prescription medications that can help strengthen bones. Vitamin D supplements may also help. Make sure you ask the doctor to find out the proper supplement strength and dosage.
If you struggle with the work-family caregiving balance, call an elderly care agency to learn more about transportation services. You can hire a caregiver to bring your mom or dad to the doctor or to exercise classes at a local senior center. With an elder care agency helping you, you’ll be able to focus on your own responsibilities while knowing your parents are in good hands.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Frederick County, VA, please contact the caring staff at LivinRite Home Care.
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