15 Oct

New Research on Vitamin D and Alzheimer’s

vitamin D dementia careAs we wave goodbye to summer, many people start to stay indoors, away from the cooler weather. Doing so, however, keeps us out of the sunlight, which is a helpful source of vitamin D.

Vitamin D plays a vital role in health. It promotes the absorption of calcium for stronger bones and can help lower the risk of many diseases, including, a new study shows, Alzheimer’s disease. According to new research, older adults who have a severe vitamin D deficiency have a 122 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Scientists have long anticipated that there was a link between vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer’s, but they had not expected the link to be quite so strong.

Need more vitamin D in your or your loved one’s life? Take a look at this article from Next Avenue for some tips on getting more vitamin D and for more information on the link between vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer’s disease.

You can learn about care for Alzheimer’s disease and some sample activities for those with Alzheimer’s on our previous blog post, Staying Active with Alzheimer’s.

Heaven at Home caregivers are specially trained in helping those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and will work with each person’s family to create an individualized care plan to maximize safety and independence. Call us any time for more information at 866-381-0500, or fill out our online contact form to let us know how we can help.