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Give Bones a Healthy Boost to Prevent Osteoporosis

Phoenix osteoporosis careAt Nightingale Homecare, we work with seniors each day to help increase their strength and balance to prevent falls, and recently shared a blog post with some of our favorite senior-steadying tips. One of the most prevalent and frightening risks associated with senior falls is broken bones and fractures, and these are a particular concern for the millions of seniors worldwide diagnosed with osteoporosis.

So in addition to helping prevent falls, we’d like to share some tips for seniors to strengthen their bones, which provides more than just protection against fractures or breaks in the event of a fall – stronger bones equal stronger bodies, allowing seniors to enhance their quality of life and wellbeing.

  • Supercharge the senior’s diet: In particular, ensuring an adequate supply of both calcium and vitamin D is imperative to protect and strengthen fragile senior bones. Author Christine Gerbstadt, MD, recommends 1,200 mg of calcium for women and 1,000 for men, which should be obtainable by consuming 2-3 servings of dairy products each day, along with plenty of leafy greens. Vitamin D can be boosted through supplements, for a recommended 600 to 800 international units each day.
  • Emphasize exercise: Research has shown that bone mineral content can be increased simply through activities like walking and climbing stairs – any type of weight-bearing activity – each day for at least 30 minutes. If this level of exercise seems daunting for your senior loved one, try adding in simple strength-training activities according to his or her ability. And, always check with the senior’s doctor first before beginning or changing any exercise regimen.
  • Arrange for an appointment: All seniors should receive bone density scans, also known as DEXA scans or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, to check for bone mass loss. This is especially important for women in the first few years post-menopause, when bone mass can begin to decrease. If osteoporosis is detected, there are medications available that can help.

To learn more about how our Phoenix senior care services can help your loved ones enhance their health, maximize their independence, and bring a renewed sense of purpose and joy to life, call Nightingale Homecare at 602-504-1555.

Our in-home care services for seniors range from supportive care, such as help with meals, shopping, and housekeeping, to medical home health care, including IV services, ventilator and oxygen care, wound care, blood draws, and more. A customized plan of care is created for each senior by a registered nurse case manager, who will monitor the plan and adjust regularly as needs change. Contact us today to arrange for an in-home consultation; we’d love the opportunity to meet you and to begin to make life brighter for a special senior in your life!

Nightingale Homecare’s Tips on Eating Well for Better Vision

foods for better senior visionWhile we all know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and the importance to our overall health to maintain a healthy diet, it’s interesting to note that there are actually particular foods that specifically benefit the eyes, to the extent that they may even protect against developing such conditions as age-related macular degeneration.

To provide the most benefit for your vision and that of your senior loved ones, keep an eye out for these eye-healthy foods and try to incorporate them into each day’s meal plan:

  • Fruits and Veggies: Among the many other nutritional boosts gained from consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, the eyes gain strength through the antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, that provide protection to and fight oxidation in the retina and lens, reducing the risk of degeneration. Seek out those fruits and veggies that are dark or brightly colored, such as:
    • Melons
    • Carrots
    • Spinach
    • Kale
    • Mangoes
    • Collard greens
  • B Vitamins: In particular, foods high in vitamins B6 or B12 have shown promise in protecting the eyes against the development of AMD. Conversely, including too much red meat, which is high in B12 but higher in iron, can increase oxidative stress in the retina. Instead, stick to these foods that are high in B6 or B12:
    • Beans
    • Chicken and other poultry
    • Dairy products
    • Fish and shellfish
    • Bananas
    • Potatoes
    • Eggs
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Not only does the beneficial DHA in omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, it also benefits those with dry eye syndrome and may improve overall visual function. Research has shown, however, that the benefits to eye health are only realized through foods naturally containing omega-3, and not from supplements. Look for foods such as:
    • Nuts
    • Seeds
    • Dark, leafy greens
    • Fish

Nightingale Homecare provides a variety of professional Phoenix home care services to enhance the health and wellbeing of the seniors in our care, including the planning and preparation of meals to improve eye health as well as overall health and wellbeing. We’ll even pick up the groceries and clean up afterwards! We’re just a phone call away at 602-504-1555, and are here for you and your senior loved ones 24/7, according to what best suits your schedule. We look forward to partnering with you in helping your senior loved ones to thrive, right in the comfort of home!

Posted in Blog, Phoenix, Senior Vision on March 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on Nightingale Homecare’s Tips on Eating Well for Better Vision