Mary Scagliarini, RN

Mary Scagliarini, RN, Live-in Service Coordinator

The Importance of Vitamin D. 

Growing up your mother no doubt told you to “drink your milk”. We all know it helps support growing bones. But what about older bones? What role does vitamin D play in aging?

So we compiled a list of the top ten reasons Connecticut caregivers should help their aging loved one pump up the vitamin D:

  1. It modulates your immune system. That helps your body fight off colds and viruses.
  2. Vitamin D helps to prevent osteoporosis.
  3. Having a vitamin D deficiency is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
  4. It helps to regulate cholesterol.
  5. Early research suggests that vitamin D can help prevent some types of cancer including breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  6. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the body.
  7. Newer Alzheimer’s research is investigating what is believed to be a link between vitamin D deficiency and dementia.
  8. It can aide in muscle and joint pain relief caused by fibromyalgia.
  9. Stronger, healthier muscles and bones help older adults maintain flexibility and mobility.
  10. The American Diabetes Association is exploring the link between vitamin D deficiencies and diabetes. They believe getting adequate amounts of vitamin D may help your body overcome insulin resistance.

So what keeps older adults from eating a healthier, balanced diet? It often comes down to an inability to shop for healthier food choices and to prepare them. “One of our most common requests for help for our elderly clients is homemaker services.

Their adult children recognize how important good nutrition is and know their parent needs help to eat a healthy diet. Our homemakers assist with meal planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation.”

For more information on Super Foods that are rich in vitamin D, we recommend this slideshow from WebMD.