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Should I Take Supplements?

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Before running to the store to pick up a bunch of vitamins and mineral supplements, consult with your doctor

Nutrition Tips for Senior Care from the Home Instead Team

Deciding to take supplements requires some careful thought and discussion with your general practitioner. Ideally, you can get the majority of your nutritional needs met by eating a well-balanced diet made up of whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Many older adults struggle to stick to a healthy diet because of a loss of appetite, problems chewing, low income, or issues finding the right foods.

Adding supplements into your diet may be an option to meet the nutrition needs in senior care. No magic vitamin or mineral will turn back the clock and give you the stamina of a 25-year-old, but it can enhance your existing menus. At Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton, our highly-trained personal support workers can help you make the best of both by cooking nutritious food for you or your beloved senior. We can find recipes, buy the ingredients, and fix it all in your kitchen.

Use Vitamins and Mineral Supplements to Enhance Senior Care Diets

Before running to the store to pick up a bunch of vitamins and mineral supplements, consult with your doctor, especially if you are taking prescribed drugs. You want to aware of any interactions where the vitamin may impede a medication from working with your body.

It is good to remember that supplements refer to more than vitamins. Walk down any vitamin aisle, and you will quickly see that the term “supplements” can apply to herbs, amino acids, enzymes, and probiotics.

Most Common Nutrients to Support Healthy Eating for Seniors

Whether you are retired, semi-retired, or un-retired, your body needs several nutrients to keep it strong. Here are some common vitamins and minerals you need where supplements may help:

  • Calcium – This mineral works to make bones stronger. If you do not like or cannot eat calcium-rich foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, or broccoli, then adding a supplement may help.
  • Vitamin D – You get most of this vitamin from being in the sun, but if you cannot get out often to soak in some sunshine, taking it orally can help. Vitamin D aids in the taking in of calcium and phosphorus which keep your bones and teeth healthy.
  • Vitamin B12 – This vitamin works to keep your blood and nerve cells healthy. The older you get, the harder it is for your body to get it.
  • Folate – Prevent anemia with the addition of folate. Besides a pill, you can obtain folate by eating spinach, beans, peas, oranges, and fortified cereals.
  • Vitamin B6 – Bolster your metabolism and immune system with Vitamin B6. You will find this gem in fortified cereals, soy products, organ meats, and whole grains.

If you are a caregiver of an elderly loved one, we have additional resources to help you. You can find them here.

Dependable Senior Care Services to Encourage Better Nutrition

Get the nutrition your body needs with a well-balanced diet and supplements as necessary. Your Home Instead Senior Care caregiver or PSW can help you or your loved one with preparing healthy meals, personal care, and a variety of other senior care services to keep you at home. We tailor your service plan to fit you and your family’s needs during this season of life.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Hamilton community.


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