Sunlight May Not be Enough to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency

Calcium and vitamin D are two of the most important nutrients for bone health, but vitamin D deficiency is common among seniors. Because seniors typically drink less milk and spend fewer hours outside, they often aren’t getting all the vitamin D they need. For most people, sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D, as sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D in the body. The kidneys help activate this process, but this function decreases with age.

Sunlight may not be enough.

Researchers have suggested that it takes up to 30 minutes of sun exposure twice a week to make a sufficient amount of vitamin D from sunlight. The National Institute of Health recommends that adults rely on food and supplements to get the right amount of vitamin D each day.

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Vitamin D is not common in most foods. Some foods – like dairy products and orange juice – are fortified with vitamin D. Other foods like fatty fish and salmon, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks are also a good source of vitamin D.

How do you know if you’re getting enough vitamin D? Seniors should talk to their health care professional and check their vitamin D levels. There are several key signs of vitamin deficiency. Heaviness in the legs or difficulty standing and climbing stairs can indicate a deficiency. Studies have shown that vitamin D is responsible for activating genes that affect the functions of the brain, including the release of serotonin and dopamine. Seniors who feel depressed and tired may actually be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease and weight gain are other indicators that a vitamin D deficiency may be present. Vitamin D is critical to bone strength and also aids in muscle movement, regulates cell growth and helps fight infections. 

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Heritage Ministries, the parent company of Rolling Fields, was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, and lessons. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.

Rolling Fields Elder Care Named Top Nursing Home by Newsweek

Rolling Fields Elder Care Community by Heritage in Conneautville, PA ranks among the top nursing homes in America, according to a recent report from Newsweek.

The publication identified the Best Nursing Homes for 2019-2020 and also released the nursing home finder by ranking more than 15,000 homes across the nation.

Tonya Moyer, Rolling Fields Interim Administrator, said the recognition was due to the hard work and dedication of all of the Care Partners at Rolling Fields.

“The reason why (our Care Partners) are here is because they love our Elders,” Moyer said. “They’re here because of a calling, (and) that feeling permeates the organization. We do what’s right for the Elder, first and foremost.”

The achievement of being recognized as one of the Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020 is a reflection of the work going on each day, Mark Smeltzer, Heritage regional manager of skilled nursing operations, shared.

“I’m proud of the Care Partners here and how their hard work every day embodies the mission, vision, and values that Heritage has at all of our locations” Smeltzer stated.“Heritage is proud to come alongside Rolling Fields as they live out the Heritage motto “Caring. It’s Our Calling” every single day. 

Heritage Ministries, the parent company of Rolling Fields, was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, and lessons. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs.