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Benefits of Folic Acid for the Elderly

Elder Care in Tallahassee FL

Elderly adults are in need of many more nutrients than children or younger adults. Part of the reason for this is because their immune systems and overall health is weaker than other age groups, Elder-Care-in-Tallahassee-FLputting them at a high risk of developing a serious health problem. One nutrient your loved one should be consuming more of is folic acid.

Here are some of the biggest health benefits older adults can receive by increasing their folic acid intake.

  • Reduced risk of diseases. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is found in the blood and can increase the senior’s risk of cardiovascular disease. However, folate can actually reduce the amount of homocysteine that is found in the blood. This nutrient can also reduce the risk of certain cancers, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke.
  • Improves cognitive skills. With age comes memory loss, but this does not necessarily have to occur for your loved one. With a healthy dose of folic acid each day, older adults may actually improve their cognitive health, which includes the ability to process and recall information, communicate verbally, and use their short-term memory.
  • Improvement in age-related ailments. Hearing and vision loss are common parts of aging. Researchers do not all agree with this theory, but some studies have shown an improvement in these senses because of folic acid.
  • Helps produce new cells. Folate has the power to produce new cells in order to replace the damaged ones. This is one of the reasons women who are pregnant should be eating plenty of this nutrient.

 

Sources of Folic Acid

Luckily, this mineral can be found in a wide variety of foods and drinks, including:

  • Fortified cereals, juices, and milk
  • Dried beans, nuts, and peas
  • Lentils
  • Citrus fruit and juice
  • Dark green veggies, including broccoli, spinach, turnip or collard greens, Brussel sprouts, okra, and asparagus
  • Avocadoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Squash

 

If you are concerned that your loved one is still not receiving an adequate amount of folic acid, over-the-counter supplements are available. Just make sure to check with their doctor prior to beginning any new supplements.

Older adults who live alone may find it challenging to eat the foods they need to to stay healthy. To ensure that your loved one is taking care of themselves, an elder care provider can be hired to ensure that your loved one is making the right choices for their bodies and minds.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/1821-folic-acid-improves-memory-in-the-elderly

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.