As we have been discussing over the past few days, calcium is extremely important for everyone’s diets – especially for senior citizens whose bones quickly become frail without it. Of course, natural sources of calcium are preferred – like the calcium received through dairy and other foods, however, caretakers will soon come to know their clients and know whether or not if they should speak to their elderly client’s doctors to see if calcium supplements are also warranted.
The Food and Drug Association has also established a Recommended Dietary Allowance, or what is known as the RDA, specifying what vitamins and minerals and in what quantities most individuals should get each day. Caretakers should review these recommendations in order to establish a goal for your clients in order to ensure that they get the correct amount of calcium daily.
The amount of calcium intake does depend on the gender and the age of your client. If they suffer from other illnesses, you should be aware that this could alter the amount of calcium that you should ensure that your client receives on a daily basis.
The NIH recommends that adults:
- 19 – 50 years: 1,000 mg/day
- 50 – 70 years: Men – 1,000 mg/day; Women – 1,200 mg/day
- Over 71 years – 1,200 mg/day
In fact, adults can safely take in 2,000 to 2,500 mg daily safely.
The NIH also states:
The following list can help you determine how much calcium you are getting from food:
- 8-ounce glass of milk = 300 mg of calcium
- 2 ounces of Swiss cheese = 530 mg of calcium
- 6 ounces of yogurt = 300 mg of calcium
- 2 ounces of sardines with bones = 240 mg of calcium
- 6 ounces of cooked turnip greens = 220 mg of calcium
- 3 ounces of almonds = 210 mg of calcium
Vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb calcium. When choosing calcium supplements for your clients, remember to look for ones that also contain vitamin D!
All of this will display that you believe that With Age Comes Respect and that you wholeheartedly respect them!