Vitamin D in Household Food Supplies of Homebound Older Adults Receiving Home-Delivered Meals

Nancy F. Lashway, William K. Hallman, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Cara L. Cuite, Rita M. McWilliams, Linda Netterville, Mark G. Robson

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Abstract

Food sources of vitamin D become increasingly important as the ability of older adults to activate vitamin D produced from sun exposure declines. Household food supplies of homebound older adults receiving home-delivered meals contained modest amounts of vitamin D with key sources being milk, fish and shellfish, eggs and egg substitutes, ready-to-eat cereals, and spreads. To improve access to this nutrient, an economical adjunct to home-delivered meals programs is providing an additional meal consisting of vitamin D-fortified milk and ready-to-eat cereal, pouches of tuna or salmon and vitamin D-fortified juice, and/or vitamin D supplements. Improving vitamin D status could help ameliorate cognitive decline, falls, and skeletal strength and decrease institutionalization of older adults and health care costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-291
Number of pages10
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • Vitamin D
  • elderly
  • home-delivered meals
  • household food supply
  • older adults

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