How Osteoporosis Affects Seniors

May 31, 2022

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.

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

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. 

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

If you are experiencing any of the following signs of bone loss, it is essential you be screened for osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. • Loss of height • Aches without injury • Poor posture • Oral bone loss conditions • Regular fractures

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.

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 

Since seniors are at greater risk of osteoporosis and falling, it’s important for you to learn how to avoid falls, including how to arrange a home safely as well as getting up and getting down safely.

When your loved ones need some special assistance in their own home, a live-in caregiver provides options that take the burden of worry and anxiety off your shoulders.

At Promyse, our team is carefully screened for their training, knowledge, and experience, and selected for their care and compassion. You can be assured that the caregiver assigned to you will be qualified, professional, and carefully matched to your needs and preferences.

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