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At Denver Home Care Assistance, we often help seniors manage their diets, meaning our caregivers assist with grocery shopping and nutritious meal preparation. While our caregivers know how to prepare delicious and well-balanced meals, seniors often experience a decrease in appetite when they age. This means that it is more important than ever for seniors to make sure that they are receiving the proper nutrients in order to support their health. If enough of the essential vitamins are not adequately supplied in the diet, an older adult’s physician may recommend supplements. Following are some key vitamins that are crucial to the proper functioning of body systems and that may help maintain mental acuity.
Vitamin D plays a key role in the body’s ability to uptake calcium and support bone regeneration and health. The body manufactures it when the skin is exposed to natural sunlight, and it is found in fortified cereal and dairy products. It also naturally occurs in oily fish such as salmon, and mushrooms.
Healthy levels of vitamin A help promote good vision and support the immune system. It is found naturally in fish, dairy, and dark fruits and vegetables.
Essential for healthy cell development, folic acid, or folate, is readily found in fortified grains and cereal, dark, leafy green vegetables and oranges. It also helps eliminate the amino acid homocysteine in the blood, which is a contributing factor in the development of heart disease.
Vitamin B6 is an important nutrient that supports the digestive, immune, nervous and muscular systems. It aids in the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which are mood stabilizers, and it is an important element in brain development. Vitamin B6 is found in organ meats, soy, and fortified grains and cereal.
Cobalamin, or vitamin B12, is essential for the maintenance of proper brain function. Research has found that the nutrient is not well-absorbed in seniors, and deficient levels play a part in the onset of memory and thinking skill problems. It is found in fish, dairy, poultry and fortified cereal.
Interested in learning more about senior health? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denver today. While we are recognized as the Denver live-in care experts, our caregivers are also available on an hourly as-needed basis for help with activities ranging from nutritious meal preparation and medication reminders to personal care and transportation. Call a friendly Care Manager at 720-443-3371 for more information or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.