November is not just a month of falling leaves and crisp autumn air—it's a time to raise awareness about a condition that affects millions of seniors worldwide: osteoporosis. At Optima Living, we're dedicated to the health and well-being of our residents, and that's why we want to shine a spotlight on National Osteoporosis Month and raise awareness.
What is Osteoporosis?
As we age, our bones naturally become less dense and more fragile, making us more susceptible to fractures. Osteoporosis accelerates this process, putting seniors at a higher risk of bone fractures, especially in the hip, spine, and wrist. It is often called the “silent disease,” because it progresses slowly, weakening bones over time without any noticeable symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Why Should Seniors Care About Osteoporosis?
Fracture Risk: Seniors with osteoporosis are more likely to experience fractures from minor falls or accidents. These can lead to a loss of mobility or independence.
Pain and Discomfort: Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be incredibly painful and lead to chronic pain, reduced quality of life, and depression.
Increased Healthcare Costs: Treating osteoporosis-related fractures can be costly, so prevention is more economical in the long run.
Preventable and Manageable: The good news is that osteoporosis can be prevented, managed, and treated with the right lifestyle choices and medical interventions.
How Can Seniors Protect Their Bones?
Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is essential for strong bones. Dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods are excellent sources.
Exercise: Weight-bearing exercises like walking, dancing, and resistance training can help improve bone density and strength.
Medications: Consult with your healthcare provider about medications that can help prevent bone loss and reduce fracture risk.
Fall Prevention: Take steps to prevent falls in your daily life. Ensure your living space is well-lit and free of hazards, and use assistive devices if needed.
Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular bone density screenings and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations.
Together, we can take proactive steps to protect our bones and lead healthier, more vibrant lives during National Osteoporosis Month and every month. Let's build strong bones and continue to thrive together!
To learn more about bone health from Dr. Adrian Wagg, watch Super Bones on our YouTube channel—a recent instalment of Optima Living TV!