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What You Should Know About Osteoporosis

By Vicki and Brian Day

Senior Care in Bath PA

As a family caregiver, you already know that your aging parent faces a variety of risks as they age. Understanding these risks and doing what you can to reduce them is an important part of protecting their health and supporting a higher quality of life as they age in place. One such risk is osteoporosis. This condition is the loss of bone mass and subsequent weakening of the bones. This condition puts your aging loved one at dramatically increased risk of suffering bone fractures that can lead to serious health complications, including increased risk of dying in the months following the injury.

Some of the things that you should know about osteoporosis include:

• Approximately 4 percent of men over the age of 50 throughout the United States has osteoporosis of the spine, neck, or femur
• Approximately 16 percent of women over the age of 50 throughout the United States has osteoporosis of the spine, neck, or femur
• At least one in three women throughout the world over the age of 50 will experience a fracture directly caused by weakened bones
• At least one in five men over the age of 50 throughout the world will experience a fracture directly caused by weakened bones
• Approximately 33 percent of senior adults who have fractured a hip will experience physical impairment and the inability to maintain independence within one year after their injury
• At least one in five older adults who experience a fracture will die within one year after the injury
• This number equals a minimum of 20 percent of those who suffer a fracture
• Seniors who have experienced a fracture are at dramatically increased risk of suffering future fractures
• Fractures cause severe pain, loss of mobility, and dramatic decline in quality of life

If you are concerned that your aging parent might be at increased risk of osteoporosis, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss their health and needs. They can evaluate your loved one to determine if they are at increased risk and give you recommendations for how to help your parent reduce their chances of developing the condition, or to avoid consequences should they already have it. Senior care can be extremely beneficial for an elderly adult who is suffering from osteoporosis or if you believe that your aging parent is at increased risk of this disease and you want to help them avoid this risk. A senior home care services provider can understand the specific challenges and limitations that your senior is facing and give them a personalized set of services tailored to reducing this risk and protecting your aging parent. This can include offering reminders for the to take the medications and comply with the treatments that their doctor has prescribed, encouraging them to make good decisions
regarding what to eat, and helping them to stay safely active. This can give you confidence that your elderly parent will stay safe and healthy as they maintain their independence and activity throughout their later years.

Source
https://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statisticshttp://worldosteoporosisday.org/node/8

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