As we grow older, our bones become more brittle and prone to injury. Falls resulting in broken bones are frequent causes of serious injury for seniors. Maintaining bone health can reduce the chance of a serious injury resulting from a fall.
Having healthy bones helps to prevent injuries such as hip fractures that can cause hospitalization, disability, or death. One of the most important things older people can do to maintain bone health and reduce their chance of injury is to get enough calcium. According to medical experts, women over the age of 50 should get at least 1,200 mg of calcium each day. Men over 50 should get at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily, increasing the amount to 1,200 mg after age 70.
Adequate Vitamin D is also important to bone health. If you’re between 51 and 70, you should be sure to get at least 600 IU of Vitamin D each day. If you’re over 70, bump it up to 800 IU each day.
Staying physically active is also important to bone health. Seniors should try to get at least half an hour of physical exercise each day in low-impact activities such as walking, gardening, or similar pursuits.
Regular doctor visits can also help maintain bone health. Physicians can perform bone density tests to assess the state of your bones and prescribe medication for improving bone health if necessary.
By maintaining your bone health, you can ensure your overall health remains good into your golden years. To learn more about maintaining bone health, consult with your in-home care professional or contact your local medical professional.