Did you know?
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 and some do not consume enough calcium through the food they eat. People who have osteoporosis and/ or who are at high risk for fracture, should consume enough calcium and vitamin D through diet or supplements.
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||High Risk||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
- Calcium and Vitamin D are important components of a fracture prevention program
- Calcium is best obtained through food (1200 mg daily)