2. Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D are an important component to maintaining bone health. Many older adults do not get enough vitamin D from food or exposure to sunshine. If you have osteoporosis and/or are at risk for fracture, you should consume enough calcium and vitamin D through diet or supplements. Speak to your healthcare provider to learn more.
How Much Calcium Do I Need?
|Age||Daily Calcium Requirement (mg) (from diet and supplements)|
|Pregnant/lactating women 18+||1000|
For all residents, we recommend dietary interventions to meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium.
|For all older adults in LTC||Older Adults – High Risk||Older Adults – Low Risk|
|1200 mg daily through diet (3 servings of dairy or equivalent)||500 mg supplements daily recommended||500 mg supplements daily recommended*|
|High Risk||Low Risk|
|800 – 2000 UNITS of Vitamin D3||800 – 2000 UNITS Vitamin D3*|
*depending on resources and preferences
- A randomized controlled trial of vitamin D dosing strategies after acute hip fracture: no advantage of loading doses over daily supplementation [Papaioannou A et al. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011]
- Association between vitamin D3 supplementation and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in older individuals residing in long-term care in Ontario, Canada [Ioannidis G et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012]