What Seniors Need To Know About Osteoporosis

by | May 15, 2019

How Osteoporosis Affects Seniors

It’s likely that more than 200 million people are living with osteoporosis, a medical condition marked by having fragile bones. This condition is especially common among older women, and it can be dangerous. (NCBI)

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Since seniors are at greater risk of this disease, it’s important to learn how to prevent or manage osteoporosis.

The Basic Facts of Osteoporosis

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What Is Osteoporosis?

Everybody relies on their bones for strength, support, and more. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones. As a result, bones are fragile and susceptible to risks like breaks and fractures. When combined with conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis can make tasks like moving around risky and painful.

Potential Outcomes of Osteoporosis:

  • Breaks and fractures
  • Complications resulting from breaks & fractures
  • Poor posture
  • Limited mobility

What Causes It?

For many people, osteoporosis is a side effect of aging. However, it can be exacerbated and accelerated by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, and some cancers. Some medications and negative habits, like poor nutrition, can also contribute.

Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is diagnosed through a bone mineral density (BMD) test. Other exams and laboratory tests are sometimes administered as well.

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Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis

Prevention Tips

Preventing osteoporosis protects seniors from bone-related problems. Consider incorporating the following:

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Regular exercise
  • A balanced diet

Managing Osteoporosis

  • Learn to prevent falls and what to do in case of a fall
  • See a doctor for regular monitoring of disease progression
  • Eat a bone-healthy diet and subscribe to an exercise regimen
  • Take medication to treat osteoporosis
Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.