The Best Vitamins and Minerals for Seniors to Stay Healthy

November 24th, 2016 by John Wilson

One of the biggest benefits of assisted living communities in OKC and anywhere else is residents have easy access to nutritious meals. While the best facilities for assisted living in Oklahoma City take pride in serving meals that are not only well-balanced, but delicious, even when they’re faced with appealing food choice, many seniors don’t have hearty appetites. They may not consume enough food to get the vitamins and minerals they need for optimal health. Read on to learn what vitamins and minerals are most important for seniors. Supplements in the form of pills or chewables can help ensure your loved ones get enough of these critical nutrients.

Calcium

Nearly all of an individual’s calcium is stored in the bones. With age, calcium leaches from the bones increasing the risk of osteoporosis (bone brittleness) and osteomalacia (bone softening). There are various configurations of calcium supplements called calcium salts available. It’s important to select the right one. Medical advisors for your assisted living in Oklahoma City or your physician should be able to tell you exactly which formula is best suited for your loved one.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin is extremely important because it’s used by every cell in the body. Vitamin B12 is especially important for optimal brain and spinal-cord health. People who are B12 deficient often become confused and agitated, and they may even hallucinate. Another side-effect of B12 deficiency is anemia. Vegetarians and vegans should definitely take B12 supplements because most B12 in food exists in animal proteins.

Vitamin D

This essential nutrient facilitates calcium absorption and helps stave off osteoporosis. Vitamin D is nicknamed “the sunshine vitamin” because exposure to sunlight spurs the skin to produce it. If your loved one lives in senior assisted living in OKC, you should make sure his or her facility encourages residents to spend time outdoors soaking in the sun in healthy doses, such as five to 30 minutes of midday sun at least twice a week.

Seniors get the nutrients they need in senior assisted living.

Senior assisted living will ensure seniors get the nutrients they need.

Iron

Iron is a mineral in red blood cells, which are the cells that transport oxygen through your body. Iron deficiency can contribute to anemia, which, in turn leads to fatigue. As with calcium supplements, iron supplements are available in a wide array of configurations. A medical professional can help identify the right one for your loved one. Iron supplements are especially important if your loved one will be undergoing surgery or has been injured, because bleeding causes a loss of the red blood cells where iron is stored.

If your loved one resides in senior assisted living in OKC and you’re concerned about his or her nutrition, talk to the staff. They should be able to tell you if your loved one seems to have a healthy appetite or the opposite. At Village at Oakwood, we are always happy to discuss your concerns and offer insight and advice. Keeping our residents happy and healthy is our top priority. Proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with optimal health. If you would like to learn more about the nutritional makeup of our meals or any other aspects of the care we provide, we encourage you to contact us.

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