How to Prevent Bone Fractures and Injuries From Falls
Posted on July 01, 2014
in Fall Prevention
Updated 8/26/15 3:06pm | Alert1
wants seniors everywhere to prevent brittle bones and live without bone
fractures. Bones are the body’s support system, and it is very important
seniors take good care of them. As
seniors age, they lose bone mass and the risk of broken bones increases.
Take care of your bones to keep them healthy before your support structure
collapses. It’s not too late to start taking care of your bones and prevent injury from falls!
are the most common source of bone fractures in older adults. Luckily,
there are a number of actions you can take to help strengthen your bones so
that you can continue to stay mobile and independent by preventing breaks and fractures. . Eating the proper foods,
taking the proper supplements, and using your fall detection
medical alert will all
help keep you safe from the injuries that often occur during falls.
What are the senior risks of bone loss?
According to the CDC, most bone fractures in older adults are caused by falls. Falls cause over 95% of hip
fractures, with other common injuries being fractures of the spine, hip,
forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand. These injuries often cause
seniors to be unable to get up when they fall. Lying on the ground for extended
periods of time exacerbates the injuries and is very dangerous. To prevent
these bone injuries and falls, make
use of the following tips in combination with a fall detection medical alert
Make senior healthy meals
The first step to bone health and injury prevention is to take care of your overall health. This starts with
healthy senior meals. You should be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Make sure you are eating enough protein and vitamins. This will help your bones strenghten. Protein is particularly
important to keep bones strong, and many older adults do not get enough.
Take senior calcium supplements
Calcium is a key factor for both bone health and bone strenghtening.
The most common source is dairy products, whether that be yogurt, milk, or
cheese. If you don’t enjoy or have trouble digesting dairy products, make sure
to take a daily supplement to reach your recommended levels. A study by the
American Society of Bone and Mineral Research showed that seniors who got
enough vitamin C reduced their risk of bone fractures by 50 percent. That means
can spend more time doing the activities they love!
Don’t forget vitamin D
Your calcium needs to come along
with a healthy dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D is proven to reduce the rate of
bone loss and reduce the risk of falling. Vitamin D is what allows your body to
absorb calcium. Don’t let all that calcium you’re taking go to waste!
You can get your vitamin D levels
up in multiple ways. The first is sunlight. Take your daily walks outside to boost your vitamin D and lift your spirits. (But make sure to wear sunscreen
should also monitor senior hydration levels and make sure they drink a lot
of water before moving about.
In addition to the sun, there are
many yummy vitamin D rich foods, including fatty fish like salmon and canned
tuna, and fortified foods such as some orange juices and cereals. It can be
difficult to get the proper vitamin D required. Taking it as a supplement is
often the easiest way to get your recommended levels.
Senior exercises and high-impact activities
while improving your confidence, mobility and stability as well as reducing the
risk of falls and bone fractures! The best exercises and activities are those that
are high-impact and weight-bearing. That is, anything that makes you work
against gravity. This can include walking, jogging, lifting weights,
sports. Remember, you either use it or lose it! Bones like repetitive
bursts of high-intensity work to help stimulate the growth of new bone
cells. Don't forget, keeping your bones mobile is also a way to strengthen them.
Help for aging loved ones- Alert1s fall detection medical alert
Unfortunately, even having
healthy bones can’t prevent all falls. If you do fall, you need to get help
fast. Lying on the floor for extended periods of time is not only very
distressing but also very dangerous. You can prevent further bone injury by getting
help quickly. However, especially if you have broken a bone, you might not be
able to reach your home or cell phone.
A fall detection
medical alert is the
perfect solution to get you the help you need when you fall. When you wear your
help button in your home you will always have access to help. If you fall and
cannot press the button, the help button will automatically contact the Alert1 Command Center for you. A US-based trained operator
will come on the line via two-way voice communication to ask if you’re okay.
Even if you can’t answer, we will send you the help you need based on your
Circle of Care.
button that can detect when you fall will give you peace of mind. We
want you to live independently and without fear. With Alert1, you will be able
to get help when you need it, 24/7.
Senior bone health
bones won’t prevent you from falling, but having bones that are less likely to
fracture means you can prevent the risk of serious injury, hospital stays, and
even death. In case you do fall, a fall detection
medical alert system will allow you to quickly and easily get you the help you
these small changes to your diet and lifestyle will keep your bones happy and
healthy. You bones hold you up, don’t let them down!
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