Elderly people are more prone to fractures when the bone is subjected to a force that is too strong for the bone to withstand.
If the bone is already weakened, it does not take much force to cause a fracture. In most cases, elderly people’s bones are weakened by Osteoporosis (loss of bone mass), arthritis or cancer.
If a person clocks 75 years, they are at risk of losing bone mass, hence fracture. These risks can be reduced by having sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.
You need to give the elderly foods rich in calcium, at least 700mg daily. This can be achieved by eating a varied and balanced diet.
Good sources of calcium include milk, green leafy vegetables like Okra and cabbage. Soya beans, tofu, nuts and fish are the other sources.
Moringa is also a good source of calcium, more especially the leaves, when dried in the solar dryer, grinded and mixed in any sauce.
Remember for calcium to be absorbed in the body, it needs a vehicle which is vitamin D and this must be present for calcium to be taken in.
Much of the vitamin D we have is obtained through the sun’s action on our skin. Exposing your skin to the morning and evening sunshine for a short period of time stimulates the formation of vitamin D in the body.
Also, Salmon fish and eggs are a good source of vitamin D. So, for that case consider both calcium and vitamin D in her diet