Bone Strengthening Tips for Seniors
Posted on February 19, 2013
in Fall Prevention
8/6/15 2:27pm | Alert1 wants to know,
have you ever broken or fractured a bone? If you’re over the age of 60, chances
of bone related injury and disease increases. The official term for weak and
brittle bones is osteoporosis. The disease is a chronic condition that can last
for several years if left untreated. But osteoporosis isn’t something you can
detect. Nor are there any actual symptoms until an actual bone fracture. Many
seniors can even fracture a bone from coughing or stooping over, let alone the
risk associated with an actual fall. For a quick response to emergencies, a senior medical
alert system is crucial to persons with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis means “porous bone”
and it occurs when you lose too much bone mass and/or generate too little bone
mass. Your bones lose density, their structure becomes abnormal, and they
become weak. People with osteoporosis have bones that break much more easily
than healthy bones. If your condition is serious enough, your bones may break
so easily that bumping into furniture in the middle of the night could cause serious
How Osteoporosis Affects Seniors
to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis
affects nearly 10 million Americans and nearly 34 million more are at risk of
developing it. Approximately half of all women over 50, and approximately 1 in
4 men, will break a bone due to osteoporosis. As a senior
caregiver, you can help your loved one maintain strong bones. When you
think about the importance of strong bones, remember this analogy -- your body is like
a building and your bones are like the framing of the building. If a
building does not have strong framing, it will collapse; if your body does not
have strong bones, it will collapse.
news is that once you lose bone mass, you can’t get it back. The good news is
that you can maximize bone formation and minimize bone loss. Proper nutrition,
physical activity, senior
checkups and screenings are the keys to maintaining strong bones.
The Diet to Strengthen Senior Bones
Help your loved ones make healthy dietary choices. Be sure they
are eating a balanced senior diet that is rich in calcium and vitamin D. Calcium helps
build strong bones and vitamin D aids calcium absorption. It is important for
your loved ones to maintain a healthy body weight. Being underweight may
increase their risk of bone loss and/or fractures. It is also important to
avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake.
Senior Bone Strength and Physical Activity
Engaging in regular physical activity, including exercise in the
colder months, is a key part of maintaining
strong bones for seniors. At least 30 minutes of weight bearing and
strengthening physical activity is recommended every day. If you can get
outside to exercise, the sunshine is a good source of vitamin D and the fresh
air will improve your spirits. As a family
caregiver, you can also use exercise to prevent caregiver burnout.
Professional Opinions for Seniors
Discuss your risk factors with your doctor. You may be more likely
to develop osteoporosis if you are a woman, are over the age of 65, have broken
a bone after the age of 50, have certain medical conditions (example: senior
arthritis), or take certain prescription medications (example: thyroid
medication). Based on these risk factors, you doctor may recommend a bone
density test. It is also important to have your vision screened on a regular
basis. This will help you avoid falls, which can lead to dangerous fractures.
with strong bones typically lead longer, healthier lives. Check out these tips
for 31 days to
stronger bones. Medical alert systems for seniors are the perfect solution for a loved one with osteoporosis. Our 24/7 command center will monitor your loved ones and call for help when the unthinkable happens.
Alert1 wants to know: do you or a loved one struggle
with osteoporosis? How do you maintain strong bones?
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