We all know how everyone’s personality seems to somehow change in those summer months, more smiles, more laughs and most importantly more sun. It seems that when the sun is out everything in life has that little sprinkle of positivity over it and those down days don’t seem quite as bad.
It’s no secret that sun has great benefits for us in terms of supplying our body’s with vitamin D, but many people don’t see why vitamin d is so important for the elderly? It’s now being made evident that when seniors have a vitamin D deficiency they are prone to certain risk factors such as; Decreased dietary intake of vitamin D, Reduced skin thickness and Impaired intestinal absorption.
It was also found that after a “six-year study from the Netherlands, they found that seniors aged 65-88 with vitamin D deficiency are nearly twice as likely to have a physical limitation compared to seniors with the highest vitamin D levels.”http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/3-19-14-seniors-vitamin-d-deficiency/
So it’s clear that vitamin D plays a huge part in our health throughout our whole lives and we should occasionally soak in those rays in order to keep that vitamin circulating through our body.
Now I know what you’re thinking, my elders don’t really plan to jet off to Spain for a week of lounging in the sun! However there are many easier ways of getting that little dose of Vitamin D and you could be involved. Now that we are approaching summer the days are slowly getting warmer, so why don’t you and you’re loved one arrange a time for some good old gardening. This could be weekly, monthly or whenever, but it will help get them up and outside, spending quality time with you and of course getting some sun.
We all know what it can feel like being stuck inside all day, so why not make the most of spring right now and head over for some family gardening.
You can set a Nudgu reminder for both you and your loved one to keep track of your next gardening encounter.
“There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – unknown