Living independently is a key focus of health and welfare for many elderly adults. Even with the onset of progressive and chronic disease, many elderly adults understand the importance of maintaining their mobility and health so as to continue to live independently. For many elderly adults, the onset of mental health or cognitive impairments often contributes to the loss of independence. For this reason, managing mental health has become just as important as managing physical health.
Of the many underlying causes and origin for mental impairment, the development of a vitamin deficiency can have significant impact on your mood and cognitive function. In fact, just a simple deficiency of vitamin B can result in feelings of fatigue, emotional instability, irritability and even slow your cognitive processing. Like other vitamins and minerals, it is important to maintain a balance through diet, exercise and proper multivitamin supplementation.
As a senior adult, it is not uncommon to experience a complication involving malnutrition. As a result, your vitamin storages are probably deficient or, in some cases, even depleted. Maintaining a healthy diet is important, therefore, to your long term independence. Learning to eat healthy, obtaining adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates, is important to not only your health but the health and welfare of your family.
If you’ve noticed that your cognitive processing seems to be slightly out of sync, it may be prudent to ask your healthcare professional about a routine health screening. With focus upon testing for vitamin deficiencies, many physicians can determine what deficiencies you may experience, may referral to a nutritionist or dietitian, and then work to improve your mental and physical health.
In addition to nutrition or dietician advice, you will want to discuss the options for multivitamin use. Free radicals may be associated with impaired cognitive functioning and, as a result, must also be addressed by your physician. In many cases, your program of multivitamin supplementation, with management of free radicals, will need to be tailored to your specific deficits. Upon initiation of treatment, many patients find there is an increase in mood, emotions, decision making processes and, ultimately, an improvement in cognitive processing.
As the population of elderly adults is expected to rise significantly in the next few years, it will be important to manage the long term effects of vitamin deficiencies. Because many seniors strive to continue living independently for as long as possible, the management of vitamin deficiencies should occur early in the aging process. With proper management, the overall physical and mental well being can be improved.