Falls and the older person
Falls may occur more frequently as get older and alongside the embarrassment is the risk of fractures and worse, which can affect our lives not in a good way.
Eating well can reduce the harm done by a fall, and it is sound advice at any age to pay attention to keeping muscles and bones healthy.
So, what foods keep our skeletons and muscles healthy?
Firstly there is calcium and vitamin D. calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurts and if you are a vegetarian or a vegan then eat calcium enriched milk replacements as things like soya and almonds have little natural calcium.
Other sources of calcium are fortified flour and breakfast cereals as well as green leafy veg such as broccoli. Tofu, soya beans and fish where you eat the bones like salmon and sardines.
For Vitamin D try to get out in daylight and take a 10microgram supplement between October and April. If you are over 65 it is best to take the supplement all year round.
And finally, doing exercises such as walking actually makes our bones stronger, so try to do some of this for about 30 minutes every day.
Following this advice may mean that if you are unfortunate enough to fall you will be less likely to sustain harm.