More time for sunshine and bone health

There may finally be enough light out for senior citizens to have an after-dinner walk.

With Daylight Savings Time, the sun will now be setting later allowing for more hours in the day to frolic in the sunlight, a fun and healthy way to take advantage of the time change.

Research has shown senior citizens can benefit from vitamin D and may need more of it than their younger counterparts. The vitamin, known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced by the body after exposure to sunlight.

While the vitamin can be found in some foods such as salmon and tuna, its best resource is the sun.

More time for sunshine and bone health Those who get optimal sunlight can also improve their overall bone health.

Juliet Compston, chair of the European Union Osteoporosis Consultation Panel, said getting more vitamin D from the sun can help one's body absorb more calcium, which promotes stronger bones.

This is especially true for women after menopause, whose bones naturally thin because of the lack of estrogen in their bodies.

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