Johns Hopkins reports that about 7 out of 10 men and women over the age of 64 take multivitamins. The total cost of these supplements is over $12 billion. Many experts feel they aren’t worth the price. Are the vitamin supplements you’re buying your mom worthwhile or is she wasting her money?
The John Hopkins Study
John Hopkins ran a study with 450,000 men and women. Half received sugar pills and half received multivitamins. Those who were taking daily multivitamins did not have lower incidences of cancer or heart disease. Researchers also studied a pool of almost 6,000 men for more than a decade. In that study, they found that multivitamins did not improve brain health.
How Is Your Mom’s Diet?
Your mom needs to focus her diet on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Is she doing that? If her diet is questionable, a multivitamin can be a good thing. Talk to her doctor first. Her doctor can fill you in on the vitamins and minerals that your mom is lacking.
It can be difficult to get a senior to eat properly. Your mom has Alzheimer’s and acts like a fussy toddler at meal times. The only things she will eat without a fight are bananas, yogurt, and split pea soup. Those items don’t have enough iron. After weeks of having her refuse to eat anything other than those foods, she’s developed an unusual skin rash. You take her to the doctor where you learn she’s anemic.
If a poor diet is leading to other health conditions, you may find your mom’s doctor recommending she take multivitamins or specific vitamin supplements. If there are no health issues, your mom’s doctor may recommend pushing a healthier diet instead.
Caregivers Help With Healthy Eating Habits
It is often recommended that you use the money being spent on vitamins and instead use it to purchase healthier food options. If your mom won’t cook, you may need to bring in help. Elderly care agencies can line you up with caregivers who offer meal preparation and cooking. Caregivers can also join your mom for a meal to make sure she’s really eating everything she’s served.
Meal preparation is just one of the many services offered by elderly care agencies. Your mom could also gain a companion a few days a week. She could have a ride to the store or local senior center. Caregivers also offer cleaning services that help with dusting, vacuuming, and laundry. To learn more about these and other services that help your mom age at home, call an elderly care agency.
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