According to the website http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004015.htm, the rest of what a caretaker or family member can do for their elderly clients or family is to not only provide them with a well-balanced diet, full of nutrients needed to stay healthy, but to ensure that the diet contains adequate amounts of calcium. Calcium is very important, especially to an elder’s bones!
Elderly women certainly need to take care to get the required amount of calcium that their body needs. In addition to that, vitamin D is also essential for women as they age.
For women that are postmenopausal or those that had early hysterectomies, and for men over the age of 65, the required quantities look like this:
- 1,200 mg of calcium per day
- 400-800 international units of vitamin D per day.
That is for typical aging men and women. For those that have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, their doctors may have a whole other regime with which you will have to help them follow.
Age is nothing to fool with. As my dad has stated, and I have repeated many a time, the medical industry is helping us to live longer, not necessarily better. I figure that is where I come in.
Where the medical folks sometimes are looking as sheer numbers (more people living which calculate to more dollars to be had), they are forgetting the standard that I live by, that With Age Comes Respect!