Along with Vitamin D, calcium is the most vital nutrient to ensuring that those in home care in San Mateo CA have strong bones and teeth in their later years.

The mineral, which is the most prevalent in the whole of the human body, also helps to make sure that the muscles, nerves, and cells work properly.

Unfortunately, as we age, our diets tends to change for the worse, resulting in us consuming less calcium. On top of this, the kidneys also become less efficient at retaining the mineral, resulting in a loss of calcium through urine.

As a result, the types of meal a senior eats should always contain high amounts of calcium. Allan and Angela Encarnacion, the owners of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, are all too aware just how much of a vital role a senior’s diet plays in their overall health. All of their staff are trained in nutrition, and so they’ve kindly put together a list of some of the calcium-rich foods you should be looking to include into a senior’s diet, below:

Leafy Greens:

Salad favorites such as watercress, spinach, and kale all contain high amounts of calcium and Vitamin A, which can also help with a person’s eyesight. While they can easily be used as part of a healthy side dish, they often taste best when sautéed with a spot of healthy olive oil. If a senior has trouble eating solids, they can also be blended and incorporated into a tasty soup.

Low-Fat Cheeses

If eaten in abundance, there’s no doubt that cheese is bad for your health. The good news, however, is there are a number of low-fat options that can play a real benefit in a senior’s health if eaten as part of a varied diet. One serving of Mozzarella or parmesan, for example, will provide a senior with 100% of their daily calcium requirements.

Oranges

Oranges are a renowned source of vitamin C, but did you know that they’re also packed full of antioxidants and calcium? Eating just one will provide a senior with 10% of their daily amount of calcium, so along with all the other benefits; this one really is a no-brainer.

Canned Fish

Strong-tasting fish such as sardines and anchovies not only satisfy a senior’s taste buds but also provides them with a source of omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.