As for all things that enter our bodies, too much of a good thing is not a good thing! If calcium intake is greater over a limited period of time, the body just seems to go with the flow, however, if calcium intake is increased over the long run, some elders could potentially have an increased risk of kidney stones.
On the flipside, if elders have not received enough calcium over a long period of time, they could certainly develop osteoporosis (thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time). Other disorders are certainly possible a well!
So, what happens if your elder is lactose intolerant (digesting the sugar in milk, or what is known as lactose) and have been over a lengthy period of time? If they have not invested themselves in the OTC (over-the-counter) products that make it easier to digest lactose or have not purchases lactose-free milk to get the calcium that they need for healthy teeth and bones, then they may have an issue by the time that you begin taking care of them!
You will need to accompany them when they visit their health care provider to see what it is that you can help them do at this point to keep their bones and teeth from failing further. Tell them about the supplements that they take or the foods enriched with calcium that you prepare for your clients. Then, check to make certain that the supplements or food sources will not, in fact, interact with any medicines prescribed to your client or any OTCs that they may be taking.
When you go the extra mile to notate all information, you are showing your client and their physician that you realize that With Age Comes Respect and that you are the perfect caretaker for your client!